Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Be a Duck

When I was growing up my mother had a famous saying (well, famous in our house anyway).

This was her way of saying not to let the little inconveniences of life get you down.  It's about letting things go, like water off a duck's back - hence the duck reference.  I remind myself of this saying often, especially in my classroom or when I have a new one at home.

Sometimes it's hard.  Often it means letting someone walk all over what I want.  That's when I have to stop and think, "Is what I want more important than this relationship?"  The answer, of course, is no.  People always get to come first and around here we try to meet any need we possibly can.  Why?  Because if we can fill a need than there's really no reason not to.  

I will admit, this takes some work on my part.  I don't always roll well with changes to my schedule or when things don't go the way I thought they were going to go.  It's all a part of the process of becoming duck-like.  Sometimes I just have to let things go.  Sometimes I have to rearrange my schedule (or even my life) to accomodate something or someone I hadn't anticipated.

You know what I've found?  I've found that in those times I just let it go and put others first I find the most joy.  It feels good to serve another.  It's satisfying and fulfilling.  I like being a duck.  Fighting to get my way and pushing through just to stay on my schedule never works out for me.  I believe it's because that's not what God intended for us to do.  

Often times the Bible points to God's creatures as examples of how we should live.  He tells us to look at the ants to learn diligence.  He shows us the birds to keep us from worrying.  Well, today, I give you the duck.  Let's let the unimportant go and focus on that which matters, serving people.

According to the pictures, you could also be a goose.  I'm pretty sure water rolls off their backs as well...

1 comment:

kschooling said...

Looking for an image to express my thoughts from the saying --"water off a duck's back" I came across your older post. You know, I was pleasantly surprised to see that you accredited God and it your post was an encouragement to me! Living overseas, dealing with a lot of motto has had to be --"be a duck". thanks!

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