Giving CPR to a Duck
I had a duck that drowned. It was really sad. I walked out to his pond and he was floating upside down, his webbed feet sticking straight up in the air. I tried to resuscitate the poor guy. Water squirted out his nostrils as I used my thumbs to pump his chest – but it was too late. I decided mouth-to-beak was out of the question.
I learned a valuable lesson that day: Ducks can drown.
When I hear stories of Christians whose lives have been ruined by moral failure or excess I often think of that little quacker. No matter how comfortable or in control you may feel in the water – you can still drown. Even if you seem uniquely suited for something (like a duck for water) you can end up in over your head.
You can drown in work and neglect your family. You can drown in alcohol or drugs. You can drown in fun and entertainment. Pastors can drown in the very sin they preach against. No one is immune. Make sure you stay on your guard and keep the shore in view at all times. If you get too cocky you might just end up sucking face with a duck that’s trying to save your poor life.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Cor. 10:12)