Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well.
Once the weather warms up, I love spending my morning devotional time outside. It was during one of these times of prayer and reflection that all the little birds really grabbed my attention.
Let’s top up our coffees and I’ll share my thoughts…
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans 12:3-6a
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12: 9-13
I love doing my devotions outside with the birds chirping and frolicking about. One morning this past week, I noticed quite a few different bird species around our feeder.
In particular there was a little finch, a red cardinal and a morning dove. Each was so beautiful and yet so very different. It made me think of the array of birds and how each one is magnificent in their own way: precious humming birds, exotic peacocks, gracious swans, vibrant blue jays, and the list goes on and on. From the humming bird to the peacock, I think it is safe to say that most of us watch in awe when we are in the presence of them.
I then began thinking about how unique each person is; each precious soul, created by God with special gifts and qualities. Why then are we always complaining about what we are not, and what we don’t have. Does the ostrich think she is fat because she isn’t the size of a sparrow, or the peacock think he’s useless because he cannot fly like the hummingbird. In all cases, NO! That would be absurd. And yet we think that about ourselves, when in no way possible can we or should we be any different than we are.
We – you- are beautiful in the Lord’s eyes. Only in your own way can you care for and love those God sends your way. Be guided by His words and directions to love, but as only you can. That is all he asks of you.
You are unique and beautiful! Many times we do not see these qualities in ourselves, but others do and are blessed by them. And so, when you see and hear our lovely feathered friends, be reminded to stop comparing yourself to others with what you are not, and rejoice in the gifts and abilities with which the Lord has blessed you. You are uniquely beautiful, inside and out, and created to be whom God desires you to be. Seek Him to know how he desires to share your beauty, as you radiate his love with those he puts in your life.
Prayer: Thank-you heavenly Father for creating me to be me. I know many times I compare myself to _____________________ or complain about _____________________. Please forgive me. Help me to be humble and see myself as your precious child. Help me to use my unique abilities and qualities to serve you by serving those you put in my life and fulfilling the tasks I have in my day. Thank-you for all those in my life with their unique qualities and gifts. Help me to rejoice and acknowledge their differences while accepting, not comparing, myself with them, in thankfulness and adoration to you! In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!
Reflection: Consider all the qualities – big and small – that God has given you. I know many times we have difficulty acknowledging ourselves. If going through this devotion alone, perhaps send a message to a Christian mentor or trustworthy friend, explaining the purpose of this devotion and if they could share a couple qualities that you possess. If you are doing this devotion with a group, try this little activity:
- Each person has enough slips of paper/sticky notes for each person in the group. Do not include yourself.
- Write the name of each person at the top of each slip of paper. One name per person.
- Write a positive quality/trait/characteristic/gift for the person listed on the first slip of paper. Continue to do the same on each slip of paper for each person.
- In a pile, go around and hand out the slips of paper to the appropriate person.
Now, reflect upon individuals that have a trait that you may be envious of or, to the other extreme, consider unimportant. Thank God for that person and pray for that person, the gifts He has blessed them with, and how you can support them. Finally, ask God to help you be thankful for the gifts you have and to use them to His glory.