Remember The Duck
There was a little boy visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was
given a slingshot to play with, out in the woods. He practiced in the
woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged,
he headed back to dinner.
As he was walking back, he saw Grandma's pet duck. Just out of impulse,
he let fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was
shocked and grieved. In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile,
only to see his sister watching. Sally had seen it all, but she said
After lunch that day grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes."
But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the
kitchen today, didn't you Johnny?" And then she whispered to him,
"Remember, the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes.
Later Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing, and Grandma
said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper."
But Sally smiled and said, "Well, that's all right because Johnny told
me he wanted to help." And she whispered again, "Remember, the duck?" So
Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed.
After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's, he
finally couldn't stand it any longer. He came to Grandma and confessed
that he killed the duck. She knelt down, gave him a hug, and said,
"Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the
whole thing. But because I love you, I forgave you. But I was just
wondering how long would you let Sally make a slave of you."
I don't know what's in your past. I don't know what one sin the enemy
keeps throwing up in your face. But whatever it is, I want you to know
something. Jesus Christ was standing at the window and He saw the whole
thing. But because He loves you, He is ready to forgive you. Perhaps
He's wondering how long you'll let the enemy make a slave out of you.
The great thing about God is that He not only forgives, but He forgets.
[ Author Unknown -- From 'E-Mail Ministry' ]
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