Inspirational Christian Story
Many years ago, a wealthy man went duck hunting
with a hired hand named Sam.They took a horse
and carriage, and along the way a rim came off
one of the wheels. As Sam hammered it back on,
he accidentally hit his finger. Instantly he let
go with some bad words. He quickly fell to his
knees, asking God’s forgiveness. “Lord, it’s
difficult at times to live the Christian life”,
he prayed. “Sam” said the man, “I know you’re a
Christian, but tell me why you struggle so, I’m
an atheist, and I don’t have problems like that.”
Sam didn’t know what to say. Just then two ducks
flew overhead. The man raised his gun and two
shots rang out. “Leave the dead one and go after
that wounded bird!” he shouted. Sam pointed at the
duck that was fluttering desperately to escape and
said, “I’ve got an answer for you now, Boss. You
said my Christianity isn’t any good because I have
to struggle so. Well, I’m the wounded duck and
struggle to get away from the devil. But you Boss,
you’re the dead duck!”
That insight fits Paul’s description of his Christian
experience in Romans 7: 14-25.
Struggle is one
evidence of God’s work in our lives
Forgiveness of sin is available, so don’t despair.
Remember, dead ducks don’t flutter.
–Dennis De Hann
Struggle, yes, it’s part of living
Nothing’s gained on beds of ease;
But when our heart is set on Jesus,
Struggle drives us to our knees.
If Jesus lives within us,
Sin need not overwhelm us.
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