Updated: Nov 8, 2022
By David Quine
“Once upon a time, the animals decided to organize a school. They adopted a curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer, all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent in swimming, better than his instructor. But he only made passing grades in flying, and he was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school in running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so he became average in swimming, but average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that—except the duck!
The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because of too much make-up work in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but had constant frustration in flying class because the teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the treetop down. He developed a charley horse from over exertion and so only got a “C” in climbing and a “D” in running.
The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes, he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there!
Moral of the story: Each set of creatures has its own gifts in which it will excel. A duck is a duck and only a duck. It is built to swim, not to run, climb or fly like an eagle! Eagles are beautiful creatures, but not in a foot race. A rabbit will win a foot race every time, unless…an eagle gets hungry!”
“For the body is not one member, but many…..But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired” (I Corinthians 12:14, 18).