It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Chapter 1, Page 21, Book 18

New Year Day # 21

A traveler crossed a frozen stream
in trembling fear one day;
Later another drove across,
and whistled all the way.
Great and little faith alike
were granted safe convoy;
One had pangs of needless fear,
the other all the joy.

Author Unknown

Fear is an enemy of faith.The relationship between faith and fear is like a seesaw. When one is up, the other is down. So when we allow fear to rise, our faith will decline. But the opposite is true as well. The more faith we have, the less fear we’ll have.

Sometimes fear is necessary, but often times it is not. Don't let fear steal your joy.  

Said the robin to the sparrow,
‘I should really like to know,
Why these anxious human beings
Rush about and worry so.’
Said the sparrow to the robin,
‘Friend, I think that it must be,
That they have no heavenly Father
Such as cares for you and me.’

Author Unknown

I keep this little brown bird displayed where I can see it every day to remind me that like the sparrow I am in God’s care.  

Six Life Lessons from Birds

Be confident.

Birds learn to trust themselves before they take off in the sky. So have faith in your abilities and know that you will find a warm current to soar in.

 Let your colors shine.

Different birds have hundreds of different hues. Be bright and make sure you aren’t hiding what makes you one of a kind.

Show up early and often.

The legendary early bird gets the worm for a reason. So find something worth showing up for, and then show up every day.

Go with the seasons.

Birds thrive despite changes in their environment. Be fluid and go with the flow, trusting your ability to always find a branch to land on.

Flock together.

Birds seek strength and sustenance from one another. Keep friends and family close by as you navigate the days.

 Spread your wings.

Eventually, all birds must leave the safety of the nest and become what they are meant to be. Have no fear of falling, and start flapping.

It may be that we need to remember that we have more in common with them than we'd like to think.

The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.

J.M. Barrie


jack69 said...

Good stuff today the paragraph of the See-saw is something I had never thought of. Love the corresponding Bird examples. Sweet stuff. Good read.

Mevely317 said...

That first poem might well describe me while flying. I'm lots better, but in my younger days I'd arrive totally spent, while my companions were raring to go.

Your little brown sparrow is a lovely reminder! Come to think of it, I've a little brown pottery chick I need to find for that same reason.

Rick Watson said...

Fear is not our friend.


we have nothing to fear but fear itself. " Don't let fear steal your joy. "