Wednesday, May 5, 2010

to kill a mockingbird

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
I was first introduced to mockingbirds when our family moved to Southlake, Texas a few years back. There was this outdoor cafe that was FILLED with one ate and tried to hold a conversation the birds would fly in, surround them, and interrupt them with their loud noises. I remember laughing at the crazy sounds they made and I experienced firsthand why they were dubbed "mockingbirds."
One Saturday Tate and I sat on our patio and watched a mockingbird in the distance. Every time this bird opened its mouth a completely different sound came out: cell phone ring, car alarm, squealing brakes, construction beeping, high-pitched squeals, and then this funny hissing-cat sound...all from ONE bird!! It was as if this bird hadn't been told yet that it was a bird, or it had made up its mind to be something else.
I guess, in life, we're little mockingbirds too! We either fail to recognize that we are birds, or we decide that being the type of bird we were created to be must've been a mistake on the Creator's part and we try with all of our might to imitate someone or something else and end up just making a lot of noise.
I often liken humans to birds in my art because birds were created to be free and to fly...but, it seems (or at least from what I remember in my Texas backyard) that mockingbirds spent an awful lot of time walking around on the ground squawking, imitating the things that stand out around them...and a lot less time flying.
Aren't we sort of like that? It's super easy to get caught up in imitating the others that stand out around us...we go through life trying to be like this person, to win the approval of that person, trying to be like everyone else and we end up living our lives on the ground, squawking out sounds that don't sound very natural...we don't spend anytime flying...we end up not being who we were created to be.
We've each been created with our own special gifts and talents, each of our unique personalities was chosen especially for us, who we are is no accident...even if we don't exactly fit in with the squawkers on the ground.
You were created to fly, given the ability to, go and do so!
"Ask not what the world needs; ask what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." (Dr. Howard Thurman).
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you b/c I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth. your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:13-16
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.' " Jeremiah 29:11
"We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving , let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." Romans 12:6-8
dedicated to my beautiful children, Claire and Tate...and to all of my other "adopted" children...God has BIG plans for you. love you.
photo NOT taken by me! found by googling "photos of mockingbirds." Credit given to a guy named Jim Gaston :o)

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