The Patient Bird

Like many people, we have a bird feeder in our yard.  It is fun to watch all the different birds that come and visit and all their different characteristics.

But the bird that has become the favourite in our yard is the Pale-headed Rosella.  He doesn’t come by often and more often than not he is by himself.  But his behaviour around the bird feeder is such that even my girls comment on it.  In fact, it is a real joy to see him come to the yard and we all go excitedly to the window to watch him when he visits. 

If another bird happens to be on the bird feeder, the Rosella will just quietly sit on some other branch of the tree waiting patiently for the other bird to have his fill.  I have even seen him wait in a tree some distance away from the feeder, just quietly watching and waiting for it to be his turn.  He never chases, he never squabbles, he never picks on the other birds, and he is never territorial.  And it for this reason that the Pale-headed Rosella is referred to in our house, as “The Patient Bird” – a bird willing to share with others and take turns.

Many people have the hobby of bird-watching and equally many people are Christian-watchers. What would people notice about you if they watched your behaviour?  The Bible makes it very clear what others should be seeing our lives in Galatians.

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

Always make sure that it is these characteristics that cause people to notice you when you are around!


updated 10 September, 2013

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