A duck walked into a feed store and asked the owner, “Do
you have any duck food?”
The proprietor replied, “No, we don’t have any duck food.”
The next day the duck walked into the same feed store and
asked the owner, “Do you have any duck food?”
The feed store owner was an ill-mannered, impatient man. He
yelled at the duck, “I told you yesterday! We don’t have any duck food.
Now get out of here and don’t come back or I’ll nail your webbed feet to the
Again, on the next day, the duck walked into the same feed
store. This time he asked the store owner, “Do you have any nails?”
“Nope. We don’t have nails.”
“Then do you have any duck food?”
I suppose we’ve all made threats from time to time that we
never intended to carry out. Those of us who are parents find that our children
catch on very quickly to whether or not we intend to carry through on the
promises and threats we make to them.
As Christians, we want to be known as a people of our word.
Jesus stressed how important that is. We shouldn’t have to play word games
like, “Well, if I say it like this, then I mean what I say, otherwise I
don’t.” We need to develop a reputation as a people of our word.
Have a great day!