Parable of the Ducks

There is a town where only ducks live. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church.  They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews.

The duck choir waddles in and takes its place, then the duck minister comes forward and opens the duck Bible. (Ducks, like all other creatures on earth, seem to have their own special version of Scriptures.) He reads to them:

“Ducks! God has given you wings! With wings you can fly! With wings you can mount up and soar like eagles. No walls can confine you! No fences can hold you! You have wings. God has given you wings and you can fly like birds!”

All the ducks shouted, “Amen!” And they all waddled home.

PONDER AND CONSIDER

Rumi said:

You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings. Learn to use them and fly. 

  • We weren’t born to live  meaningless, average existence. We have been given gifts, abilities, untapped potential, intelligence, energy, passion and dreams so that we can live an extraordinary life.

 

  • What areas of your life do you feel you are most like the ducks in the parable?

 

  • What steps can you take to begin to “soar” and not just talk about doing so?

Don’t waddle, fly!

 

(Collected)

-The story is from Let me Tell You a Story by Tony Campolo

Photograph by Harry Collins