Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bluebird Graduation

Bluebird Graduation.
It has been a sweet sight to watch Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird prepare their home and take care of their precious babies. They built a dandy nest, and she laid lovely little eggs. Mrs. B sat and sat until they finally hatched, with Mr. B keeping a close eye on her and their home. He brought her birdie take-out meals and fearlessly protected their home from intruding birds.

They have worked tirelessly together to feed these newly hatched little ones for over a week. Now, it seems that it must be graduation time, except they haven’t been able to convince the babies to leave the nest. They come to the nest with mouths full of yummy worms, dangle them in front of the babes then turn and leave with their mouths still full – bird bribery of sorts. “Time to grow-up kids. You aren’t helpless anymore!” seems to be the message.

While it was sweet and cute to watch them take care of the helpless chicks, it is now time for the parents to administer a little tough love. It would be foolish for them to spend the rest of their lives feeding their children who were fully grown and capable of feeding themselves. Their job is to instruct, and the baby’s jobs are to learn and grow, then both parents and children are to do.

Perhaps we can learn from their example.

  • When we are children, we are expected to behave as children. 1 Corinthians 3:1,2 http://blb.sc/0Hl7 speaks of giving babes milk and likewise new Christians spiritual milk before either is ready for solid food. It is an important time of growth, trust, and learning that leads to maturity.

  • There is a time to listen and learn.  Make sure you are listening and learning the truth in order to grow in it. The Word of God is the one source of truth on which you can totally rely. People make mistakes, His Word does not. http://blb.sc/4Tjd 1 Thessalonians 2:13
  • Growth is expected.  We buy baby clothes with the expectation of replacing them as the child grows, and often proudly mark the progress on growth charts. We celebrate each graduation from pre-K to college as we watch them move forward in growth and maturity.  Likewise, as Christians “we are no longer to be children…we are to grow up in all aspects into…Christ.” http://blb.sc/4Sgp Ephesians 4:14,15.

  • Imitate the godly leaders. As the bluebirds want their babies to follow their example, children often like to imitate their parents, the good and the bad habits. When we find godly examples though, they are worth following.  Watch someone who is committed to serving God in good times and in hard times. Walk alongside them to learn. That is behavior worth imitating. http://blb.sc/4Ti3  1Thessalonians 1:6.

  • Keep growing. Excel still more in every aspect of your life, http://blb.sc/4Tqc1 Thessalonians 4:1. There will be graduations from level to level, but there is always room for growth.

  • Be a good example. Someone may be imitating you today. How to be a good example from http://blb.sc/F2SZ 1 Thessalonians 5:11-15:

  1. encourage one another,
  2. build up one another,
  3. appreciate your teachers,
  4. live in peace with one another,
  5. admonish (warn) the unruly,
  6. encourage the fainthearted,
  7. help the weak,
  8. be patient with all,
  9. do not repay evil with evil,
  10. always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.

Dearest Father in heaven, when we see the birds teach their young, we realize how much more You want to teach us the things we need for life and life everlasting. Help us to let go of the things which keep us as children, and be diligent to learn more and more, being good examples to those who follow.

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