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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Rubber Duckie
By Shari Armstrong


Who doesn’t love Rubbie Duckie? Oh, c’mon, sing along…you know you want to. For generations, parents have used that squeaky little guy to convince their kids to get in the tub and get clean. One minute, they’re creating matching bubble beards, the next; they’re pirates looking for treasure. Wonderful childhood memories.

But, have you ever seen the inside of one of them? DE-sgusting. While visiting my husband’s family, my sister-in-law’s dog decided to go duck hunting. He tore the head off of our daughter’s rubber duckie. I was surprised to see all the green stuff growing in there. I felt like a horrible mom for letting her have that germ filled thing in her bath. The rest of her toys were headed for a bleach bath when we got home.

We’re quite similar to that grinning fellow. We look good on the outside—going to church, helping people, doing all the right things. We’re still disgusting on the inside, filled with sin that will keep growing unless we’re cleansed by the blood of Christ.

So, don’t throw the duckie out with the bathwater, get squeaky clean instead.

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
(Matthew 23:25-27 KJV)

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Stevie McHugh05/03/07
I love this devotional! It's easy to identify with, it made me think of an everyday thing in an uncommon way, and it tied beautifully into the accompanying scriptures. Great job! ~Stevie
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/03/07
Short and cute! Good job.
Jennifer Wetter05/03/07
Your title caught my eye. This was truly adorable and thought provoking. LOL, I will never view a rubber duckie the same way again.
Betty Castleberry05/04/07
This is easy to relate to. It's brief and to the point, with a great message. Good work.
Ed VanDeMark05/06/07
Abraham lied, Moses murdered, David committed adultry and murder, Noah got drunk, and Peter was a klutz. All rubber ducks with green gunk in their past. Yet each a saint and each a blessing. Thanks for your persuit of holy perfection and your dedication to the cleanliness inside both the duck and yourself. And thanks for the reminder.
valerie chambers05/07/07
oh my goodness the analogy is soooo perfect.I gotta go take a bath :-)))
Jan Ackerson 05/08/07
Ewwwwwww! Thanks for that visual...one of the best object lessons ever.
Benjamin Graber05/08/07
That's great.... :-) I admit, I was fooled by those rubber pharisees; I never would have guessed what they look like on the inside!
Cheri Hardaway 05/08/07
This was priceless! I can see it in a devotional book! Very nice job. And now, I think I'll go take a bath. Blessings, Cheri
Sheri Gordon05/08/07
Great analogy. (I just came across my son's rubber duck in his keepsake box. He's 21 now, so I'm not sure what's inside that duck.)

This is well written, simple, easy to read, but really makes one think. A great devotional.
Jacquelyn Horne05/08/07
Good thought. Cleanse the inside. (never had a rubber duckie). But there are many other things where creepy crawlers hide. Let it not be in my heart. Good job.
Loren T. Lowery05/09/07
Very insightful and a great analogy that we all can identify with. Simple, to the point and honest without being preachy.
Joanne Sher 05/09/07
Just the right length and with such a great lesson (LOL plus I think I need to do that tub toy bleach bath too).
Donna Powers 05/09/07
very clear and to the point. I had no idea that rubber duckies held such yucky insides. Good article. Thanks for sharing it
Patty Wysong05/09/07
I LOVE this!! Life lessons in great packaging. Short with a powerful punch--great!! :-)
Sara Harricharan 05/09/07
Grrr, now I have that song stuck in my head...^_^ but the message is stuck with it too, so great job! I like the short and to the point voice. ^_^
Rita Garcia05/09/07
Perfect analogy for a powerful devotional! Great job!
Lynda Lee Schab 05/10/07
Nicely done, Shari! Congrats on your placing! :-)
Helen Paynter05/10/07
Congratulations, Shari - great piece. Short, and very much to the point. And I'll join everyone else in saying Ewwww!
Sara Harricharan 05/10/07
Venice Kichura05/10/07
This piece is fabulous & you really deserve your EC win!
Lisa Graham05/10/07
Fabulous job! Very insightful. Congrats on your EC win!
Val Clark05/10/07
Get squeeky clean instead! A perfect ending. Well done, Shari. yeggy