Standing Alone

Posted on: 7-15-112012

We have a family of Mallard ducks that live in a pond right in the middle of our town.  Each morning, they venture across six lanes of heavy traffic to get to a ditch full of water on the other side of the road.  And each evening, they make the trip back across six lanes of traffic to return to their pond.  Traffic comes to a complete stand still as travelers wait for the ducks to make it across the road.  This morning, as I sat at the traffic light, I watched them take their morning jaunt across the road. As they arrived at the median, one of the ducks turned back and started across the road to the pond.  The rest of the ducks stopped, as if trying to figure out what this duck was trying to do.  As this lone duck made it across one lane, it looked back at them and then started back toward them.  Then, it turned back and waddled closer to the pond.  The ducks on the median went on across the street toward the ditch.  The lone duck looked over its shoulder a couple of times, as if it was trying to see if any of the other ones would come with it.  But, this duck was left all alone as it returned to the pond.  As I watched this, I was reminded of the fact that we, as Christians, are often like this lone duck.  Living for Christ sometimes means turning away from the crowd and venturing out on your own.  More often than not, living for Christ is not the popular thing to do. It’s very likely that, in pursuit of Him, you will have to make the choice between going with the crowd or standing on your own.  It may not be easy, but it’s definitely worth it. Just think about the ducks…the lone duck got to spend the day in a large pond, while the rest of the ducks spent the day in a ditch.

“Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds…” Romans 12:2


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