Published Sept. 1, 2009)

Shelia Shares....
"The Sin Trap"

The story is told of a flock of wild ducks that were flying in formation heading south for the winter. They formed a beautiful "V" in the sky. One day Dandy (one of the wild ducks in the formation) spotted something on the ground that intrigued him. It was a barnyard with a flock of tame ducks. They were waddling around the barnyard quacking merrily and eating lush corn right off the ground.

Dandy liked what he saw and thought. "It sure would be nice to have some of that corn without all this flying around." So, after thinking it over, Dandy left the formation of wild ducks and headed for the barnyard. He landed among the tame ducks and started eating the lush corn and waddling around quacking merrily. The formation of wild ducks continued their journey and Dandy thought to himself, "I'll rejoin them when they come back."

Several months went by and Dandy looked up and spotted the flock of wild ducks in formation heading due north. The "V" formation looked beautiful way up there and Dandy Duck was tired of the barn yard routine. Eagerly he thought, "It's time to leave and join up with all my friends." So Dandy flapped his wings furiously, but was unable to get airborne. He had become complacent in the barnyard. He gained weight from the lush corn and he did not have the strength in his wings to take off.

Dandy tried and he tried. He flapped his wings as hard as he could and finally got off the ground. But, he was flying too low and slammed right into the side of the barn. He fell to the ground with a thud. He thought to himself, "Next year. I'll just wait until they come back and fly south in a few months." Months passed and when the "V" formation of the flock flew overhead, Dandy heard his friends call to him. Once more Dandy Duck simply didn't have the strength to join his friends.

Eventually Dandy no longer paid any attention to the wild duck "V" formation flying overhead. No longer did his friends call out to him as they passed, because Dandy had after all become a barnyard duck.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, it's not always easy to be obedient to God and to be disciplined for the long haul. When "poor me" feelings take over, that's when Satan tempts us to fall out of formation and join the world of barnyard ducks.

Dandy got caught exploring the greener grass on the other side of the fence. He thought he would just check out the other world for a while and then leave when he was ready. But he couldn't do it. He was trapped by the world.

Sin is a trap like that. Sin has a way of changing me into someone I don't want to be. Eventually I lose touch with who I really am. I forget that I am a child of the Most High God. That's when I become just another ordinary barnyard duck in this world.

- Shelia

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