Life lessons learned from a baby bird


And how much more valuable you are than birds! Luke 12:24

I had a very unique experience this week.  I was in the garden taking care of some weeds, when I heard an animal sound.  I first thought it was Jumpy squirrel antagonizing our dog (my daughter named him, and he come around a lot).  I looked around, but didn’t see him, so I continued with the weeds.  The noise continued, but I could not find the source, that is until the source of the noise came to me.

A baby black bird hopped through the flowers along the fence.  I stopped the gardening and watched as little Chirpy, as I called him, came hopping right to me.  I took the dog in the house so he didn’t accidentally hurt Chirpy.  When I returned, Chirpy came hopping right toward me.  It was obvious that he was very hungry, and his cry was one of hunger.
I looked all around, and could not see his parents anywhere.  I do not know where Chirpy came from, but it was obvious he was hungry and alone. If I didn’t do something, he would die.

I went to the garden and dug up a few slugs, and later some worms.  I chopped them up, all while Chirpy was hiding in the garden across the yard.  When I was ready with the slugs, I had my video camera, and I am so glad I did. It would be hard to believe what happened next, without being able to see it.  I called to Chirpy with my best chirp, and sure enough Chirpy started up chirping himself, and came running through the garden right to me!  You can watch the video yourself here. Continue reading

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Leading like Jesus


And Jesus said unto them, “Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.” (Mark 1:17, 18 KJV)

Such a simple statement, but such profound results.  This was how Jesus built his inner core leadership team.  This is how the disciples came together.

Jesus said ‘come follow me’.  With just a few words Jesus let his disciples know two things: he was leading, and that he wanted them to follow.  It is not often that people will randomly start following you.  We need to be intentional when we lead to let others know that we are in fact leading, where we are headed (your vision) and also that we want them to follow (or we want and need them to join us.)
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