An arrogant young man was illegally duck hunting near a farmer’s property.
He shot a duck, and it fell in the farmer’s field. As he climbed over the fence, the farmer drove up on his tractor. The young man said, “I shot a duck and it fell in your field, and now I’m going to retrieve it.”
"This is my property, and you’re not coming over here,” said the farmer.
The indignant hunter said,
“I am one of the most successful professionals in the business world, and if you don’t let me get that duck, I’ll sue you and take everything you own!”
The old farmer smiled, and said,
“Apparently, you don’t know how we do things here in Texas.
We settle small disagreements like this with the Texas Three Kick Rule.”
The young man asked, “What is the Texas Three Kick Rule?”
The farmer replied, “Well, first I kick you three times, and then you kick me three times, and so on, back and forth, until someone gives up.”
The hunter thought about the proposal, deciding that he could easily win over the old farmer, and agreed to the custom.
The farmer slowly climbed down from the tractor, and walked over to the young man.
His first kick planted the toe of his heavy work boot into the groin of the youth, dropping him to his knees.
The second kick produced a bloody mouth and a split lip.
Then the farmer’s third kick to a kidney nearly caused him to give up.
The young man gathered his strength, managed to get to his feet, and said,
“Okay, you old coot, now it’s my turn!”
The old farmer smiled, and said, “You can have the duck.” 1
In Psalm 103:9, David said of God, “He does not keep His anger forever.”
Though men cannot forgive the injuries of others and cherish secret revenge, waiting for an opportunity to retaliate, David is saying that God does not do so.
“The logic of ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’ cannot sustain itself forever; ultimately both parties end up blind and toothless” (Ghandi).2
- Christian Clippings, P.O. Box 3867, Holiday, FL, 34692, July, 2001
- Philip Yancey, Finding God in Unexpected Places, Moorings, Nashville, TN, A Division of the Ballantine Publishing Group, Random House, Inc., Copyright 1995, p. 55
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