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Do You Still Have a Yearning?

Complacency, procrastination, and laziness rob good people of being determined to engage and finish projects that require their attention.  Granted, there are those people that are much less enthusiastic even in their childhood to be active.  But for most that are trapped in “indifference and indecision”, it is the slow, progressive actions to refrain from being productive that slowly destroys initiative.  The more one fails to be aggressive and determined, the easier it is to just sit on the sidelines and relegate “doing” to those folks with more drive and energy.  How sad to see a person that has a bright mind and could be highly productive in work simply waste their energies by whiling away the days complaining or contesting the many reasons why they simply cannot work.

I have known people that had great promise and high intelligence that they demonstrated as young students.  However, those same people (for a various number of reasons) began to back away from doing what they could have done.  I have watched some of those become bitter and isolated because of some event or act that caused them to feel that they were wronged beyond any ability to ever heal.  Thus, they spent their lives nursing “one wound” and feeling justified that they never tried again.

Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish theologian & philosopher, told this parable, which he called “The Wild Duck of Denmark.”

A wild duck was flying northward with his mates across Europe during the springtime. In route, he happened to land in a barnyard in Denmark, where he quickly made friends with the tame ducks that lived there. The wild duck enjoyed the corn and fresh water. He decided to stay for an hour, then for a day, then for a week, and finally, for a month. 

At the end of that time, he contemplated flying to join his friends in the vast North land, but he had begun to enjoy the safety of the barnyard, and the tame ducks had made him feel so welcome. So he stayed for the summer.

One autumn day, when his wild mates were flying south, he heard their quacking. It stirred him with delight, and he enthusiastically flapped his wings and rose into the air to join them. Much to his dismay, he found that he could rise no higher than the eaves of the barn. As he waddled back to the safety of the barnyard, he muttered to himself, “I’m satisfied here, I have plenty of food, and the area is good. Why should I leave.?” So, he spent the winter on the farm.

In the spring, when the wild ducks flew overhead again, he felt a strange stirring within his breast, but he did not even try to fly up to meet them. When they returned in the fall, they again invited him to rejoin them, but this time, the duck did not even notice them. There was no stirring within his breast. He simply kept on eating corn which made him fat.  (Copied).

Galatians 6:9 – Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  2 Thess. 3:13And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.