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cropped-rose-white-and-pinkJeremiah 15:16, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts”

The story has been told of a woman who bought a parrot, took him home, and then returned him to the pet store the very next day. “This bird doesn’t talk,” she told the owner. “Does he have a mirror?” asked the owner. “Parrots love mirrors. They see themselves and start up a conversation.” So the woman bought the mirror. Next day she returned. The bird still wasn’t talking. “How about a ladder? Parrots love walking up and down a ladder. A happy parrot is more likely to talk.” The woman bought a ladder. Sure enough, she was back the next day; the bird still wasn’t talking. “Does your parrot have a swing? If not, that’s the problem. He’ll relax and talk up a storm.” The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left. When she walked into the store the next day her countenance had changed. “The parrot died,” she said. The pet store owner was shocked. “I’m so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say a word?” he asked. “Yes, right before he died,” the woman replied. “He said, ‘Don’t they sell any food at that pet store?” The moral of this story is that you can spend your life:

(1) On mirrors, focusing on appearance,
(2) On ladders, focusing on career success;
(3) On swings, focusing on entertainment, and
(4) Starve to death spiritually.

Mother Teresa said the most difficult cases she dealt with in Calcutta were those who’d lost their appetite entirely, or were so sickly they couldn’t feed themselves or digest food. You’ll die spiritually if you don’t feed yourself on God’s Word each day! Jeremiah said, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.”

Further thoughts:

God wants to guide you, and His Word is packed with wisdom and insights for living. Psalm 119:105 says, “His Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”. Go to the Bible, and trust God to guide you. He promises, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” (Psalm 32:8). Colossians 3:16 says this, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly”. Our Heavenly Father wants us to learn His Word through study, prayer, meditation, obedience, and testing. We must know spiritual principles so that we can apply them, speak with confidence about our faith, stand up under adversity so that others will see Christ in our attitudes and actions. Thus, the closer we walk with God, the clearer we see His guidance.

When the Word of God dwells in you, the Love of Christ shines through you.