This morning, at the sound of birds chirping, I opened my groggy eyes.
Only these sounds were not coming from outside my window, they were coming from a small cardboard box in my office. I have awoken to this sound each morning for the past few days and will continue to for the near future because I have three orphaned birds living in my house. Every morning they're hungry, very hungry. I wake up quite literally "with the birds".
“What kind of birds are they?”
The question everyone asks.
Simple as that, just “Oh.”
Not “oh how sweet”, not “oh they are beautiful birds”, just simply “Oh”.
Yes, I am raising starlings. The plain black, boring looking, “nuisance birds” who simply love to take up residence in any corner of a house where they can find a tiny hole. Often causing damage. I know, I know, I’m raising starlings.
But this morning as they looked up at me and opened wide their tiny beaks to me, I thought,
“You really are cute.”
Cute. As I thought this, I wondered, why do we consider these black birds lesser than the golden yellow birds. Or why do we consider the eagle, who rips into dead animals to eat, more majestic than the vulture, or the seagull who do the same thing?
Then I thought…we do that with people too.
Why are some people considered more beautiful than others when each and every person is created in the image of God?
These lines of thinking hurt people, sometimes deeply. And that is so sad.
These tiny starlings probably don’t have any idea they are thought of as lesser than the eagle. They probably have no idea people just say “oh” at the mention of their name. The starlings will just go about their lives doing what God created them to do…being the best starlings they can be.
We could learn a lesson from the starling.
Have you ever felt like an ugly starling?
Here are a few points to help change your thinking, a few simple steps to feel more beautiful.
1) Know and trust that you were created in the image of God and you are beautiful and perfect just as you are. You are beautiful!
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
I know that there are times when this may not seem like enough...but it is, really it is.
2) Know that God calls you His “workmanship” and you were created for a distinct purpose.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
God has a plan and a purpose for your life. He has good works for you to do.
3) Find that purpose and live it. These starlings are one day going to leave my home and fly away and live their lives doing what starlings do, possibly even living in a hole in someone’s house (and I'm truly sorry if it's yours). They are going to live their purpose. They won’t give one thought to the fact that some people consider them to be among the “lesser” of the birds.
Live your life like the starlings.
So, get out there this very day and begin to discover your passion and purpose, whatever that is.
God has exciting things for you to do if you will just step out in faith and find what it is.
What is God calling you to this day? I'd love to hear, please leave a comment sharing what it is.
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