Q: I’m an eleven-year-old boy and attend public school. I behave a lot differently there than I do at church. I tend to act like the group I’m with at the time, except I don’t do drugs or smoke. People at church wouldn’t approve of the way I dress and what I do at school. I can’t decide which way to go!
A: Wally was a wild duck heading south with his companions. One day he looked down and spotted a group of tame ducks on a farm. He liked the way they were quacking merrily and eating corn. It sure would be nice to have some of that corn, Wally thought.
So Wally flew down, joined the ducks, and began eating corn. The formation continued south, but Wally didn’t care. I’ll rejoin them when they come back in a few months.
By the time the ducks came back a few months later, he had gained some weight from all his corn-eating. His wings were flabby from too little exercise. He tried to get off the ground, but he flew too low and only slammed into the side of the barn. Wally decided to wait until the birds headed back south. But when his friends returned and called to him, he just didn’t have the strength to join them.
As the seasons passed, Wally eventually lost interest in rejoining the flock. When they flew by he didn’t even notice, for Wally had become a barnyard duck.
Get the connection? (Hint: The wild ducks represent Jesus’ followers, and the barnyard ducks represent the non-Christians.) Would you rather be a wild duck or a barnyard duck?