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Best of Steve Goodier: Forget the Duck!

April 17, 2016 by admin  
Filed under Best Of Blog, Empowerment

This post first appeared in our blog here.

Richard Hoefler, in his book WILL DAYLIGHT COME?, tells about two young children visiting their grandparents for the summer. Johnny was given his first slingshot. He practiced shooting in the woods, but missed everything he aimed at.

As he returned to Grandma’s back yard, however, he spied her pet duck. It wasn’t the only duck she kept, but it was her favorite. On an impulse he took aim and let it fly. This time he didn’t miss. His stone struck and killed the duck.

The boy panicked. He didn’t mean to hurt the bird — he was even sure he’d miss! But he had killed it. His panic grew to desperation and he hid the duck in the woodpile, only to look up and see his sister. Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing to her grandparents.

After lunch that day Grandma said, “Sally, let’s wash the dishes.” Sally said, “Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen today. Didn’t you Johnny?” She whispered to him, “Remember the duck.” So Johnny did the dishes.

Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing. Grandma said, “I’m sorry, but I need Sally to help make supper.” Sally smiled and said, “That’s all taken care of, Johnny wants to do it.” Again she whispered, “Remember the duck.” Johnny stayed while Sally went fishing.

Johnny did both his chores and Sally’s for several days, and could stand it no longer. He confessed to Grandma that he’d killed the duck.

She said, “I know Johnny.” She gave him a big hug and added, “I was standing at the window and saw the whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. I just wondered how long you would let Sally make a slave of you.”

His grandmother was more ready to forgive then he was even to ask for forgiveness. The arms of many people, and I believe God, are open wide, waiting for us to experience a warm embrace of acceptance. But a disturbing inner voice often whispers, “Remember the duck. Remember the duck.” Some people live their whole lives enslaved by that voice that says, “Remember the duck.” They never let themselves be forgiven!

They don’t know the meaning of deep peace. They are seldom free of guilt and feel as if happiness only comes to others more deserving.

What does it matter if the whole world were to love us, and accept us in spite of our failings, if we persist in feeling badly? Are you sick of feeling sick about the mistakes of your past?

Maybe it’s time to forget the duck! After you’ve done all you can to rectify the past, then it’s time to put it down. Forget the duck! After all…you, too, deserve to be happy.

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