And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
The hummingbird is among the smallest of birds, and you may even miss them if you are not looking for them. You will often find them in the Spring as they draw sweet nectar from beautiful flowers. Vultures, on the other hand, are hard to miss as they noisily soar above open areas looking for their next victim. You will often find them along the highways eating roadkill, or you might even see them “dumpster diving” for toxic dead things.
Both are God’s creatures, both are even types of birds, but they, indeed, make very different choices. A hummingbird spends its day looking for sweet things while a vulture’s day is spent looking for dead things.
Are your choices like the hummingbird or the vulture? Of course, we want to be like the hummingbird, always looking for sweet things, but sometimes we become like the vulture, and we don’t even realize it.
Let’s face it; we live in a contaminated world where it can be so easy to put toxins into our bodies by making unhealthy diet choices. We also put toxins in our soul by feeding it the negativity of the world. Every day we are faced with a polluted environment, and it’s up to us what we do with it. We can choose to spend time watching the depressing news, or we can watch a faith-based teaching by Joyce Meyer. We can thumb through the latest Hollywood magazine or curl up with a good Christian book. We can choose harmful words to pick people apart or choose sweet words to build people up. What we feed on–sweet or toxic things–ultimately it’s our choice.
Reject toxic thoughts that harm our souls and get in the way with our relationship with God. Replace them with God’s truth so we can remain pure and clean.
Whatever is sweet, think on those things, and leave the dead things in the dumpster.
Also published on Medium.