Grandma cut the Christmas ribbon and pulled down the trash bag to reveal yet another 50-pound bag of birdseed. She threw up her arms and squealed “Oh, my goodness! Something I can use!!!”
We buried both of my husband’s grandmothers in April. I just shared with you one of my favorite memories of one of them. The backyard of Grandma’s duplex on the corner city lot looked like a scene from Snow White. She’d even been known to bottle-feed freezing squirrels during the worst of Wisconsin winters.
I didn’t realize how contagious Grandma’s delight for her backyard babies was until I saw a cardinal outside my kitchen window this spring and yelled “Look! It’s a cardinal! He’s so pretty!” I was so loud that I scared the poor thing away even through the closed windows!
So for Mother’s Day, my husband and daughter got me three bird feeders and a birdbath. I placed them all strategically hoping to catch a glimpse of the cardinal every day.
But he didn’t come.
Instead, I saw robins, crows, house finches, and a random pigeon. I concluded that I’d scared the pretty birds away and decided not to purchase another bag of birdfeed.
Until the first day the weather warmed up enough to open the windows.
Our yard was alive with bird songs that drowned out the traffic! As I stopped to watch and listen, I noticed yellow finches and chickadees. And the house finches splashed in the water bath like toddlers in a kiddie pool! After a few days, I saw our proud cardinal eating seed off the deck.
Now I run from one window to the other squealing “Look, it’s sooo pretty!!” while my husband and daughter laugh at me. To me, every bird sighting is a gift from my Heavenly Father sent to brighten my day with beauty, song, and memories of Grandma.
A Lesson in Motivation from the Birds
When I read today’s featured post by Sharon Hazel of LimitlessHorizon.com, I wondered, what if I’d given up and put it all away? My Mother’s Day gifts given with so much love would have been wasted, and my family left feeling rejected. We would have missed out on so much joy, so many blessings, all because I only wanted to see the prettiest bird.
And what if the other birds had heard my praise for the cardinal and decided they weren’t good enough? What if the house finch said to himself “I’m not as pretty as the cardinal, and Valerie doesn’t want to see me, so I won’t even use the birdbath?” Or if the yellow finch thought “I’m not as bright as the cardinal, so I’ll just stay quiet in the tree.”
But isn’t this what we sometimes do with the gifts God gives us? We don’t give the underdog a chance. Or the perception that we don’t have as much to offer keeps us at home.We all have a song to sing, beauty to share, and a contribution to make. Click To Tweet
The Bible says that we all have a song to sing, beauty to share, and a contribution to make. God gave us all gifts to use to glorify and serve Him. Are you missing out because of a perception of inadequacy or your own insistence on only the best and brightest? If you can use a little motivation to step out in faith, then head on over to Bird Song and Other Inspiration.
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