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Worms For Feathers

Some of you may remember the fable of a skylark that came from a noble skylark family. He loved to fly high above the earth and sing beautiful melodies. One thing he did not like was the daily work of having to dig worms in order to receive nourishment and stay alive.

You can imagine how excited he was when one day, while soaring high above the earth, he saw a little man dressed in a scarlet coat walking down the road and hollering, "Earth worms for sale. Earth worms traded for skylark feathers."

The skylark zoomed down to the man and said, "What's the deal?'

"Two worms for just one feather," the man answered. "Try it, you'll like it! It's a good deal!"

So, the skylark tried it and liked it. After all, he had so many feathers. Who's going to miss one feather? He plucked a feather out, got his two worms, and had a lot more time to coast around that day. Day after day, the skylark plucked another feather and traded it for worms. Then the awful day came when he tried to fly but was barely able to get himself off the ground and came crashing down. He realized what had happened. He was a bedraggled skylark, unable to fly. A contradiction in terms: a skylark that can't fly.

And so he spent the whole day digging feverishly for worms. When evening came, the little man in the scarlet coat came by. The skylark said to him anxiously, "I've got to trade back some worms for some feathers."

The little man just kept on walking, laughing as he went and shouting over his shoulder, "No deal, friend. Worms for feathers is my business, not feathers for worms."

I Peter 5:8 says: "Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. " Satan is looking to trade you something that sounds good, maybe even easy, but in the long run will destroy the very things you need to get through this life. Be on the lookout every day and don't trade any of your feathers!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward