It’s confession time.
Do you ever let your feathers get ruffled by something someone has done or said?
When was the last time your feathers were ruffled?
I looked out my window the other day to see a gathering of bluebirds around the bluebird house at the end of the driveway. It’s seems to be rather late in the season for birds to be checking out houses. But, that’s exactly what these birds appeared to be doing. In and out they went.
With hope in my heart, I grabbed the camera, just knowing that today, I would finally be able to snap some shots. And yes! I got a few.
It was fun watching the birds, and I was surprised that they actually didn’t fly away considering how close I was to them.
What I did notice was that it seemed like there were preferable perches and when some birds hoped into another’s territory, there would be a flurry of feathers. Sometimes the original bird stayed. Other times, she seemed to have her feathers ruffled and flew away.
We’re not birds…yet it’s easy to allow our “feathers” to be ruffled.
My husband has innocently irritated me by speaking too quietly, or being helpful when I didn’t want help, or any number of things. Instead of being grateful, or letting it go immediately, I allowed the source of irritation to take root and got ruffled feathers. Have you ever done that?
When this happens I know exactly what the problem is. Do you?
It’s not that another has purposely sought to irritate or inconvenience me.
The problem is with me.
Graceful, others-focused people don’t get ruffled feathers very easily.
If you’re like me and find your feathers ruffled. Take a second look.
Maybe you’re feeling tired, or needy, or even proud – as in wanting your own way.
This is the time to smooth out those ruffled feathers, get over yourself, and extend grace.
Bluebirds are a symbol of happiness and cheerfulness.
So instead of getting our feathers ruffled…let’s look outward rather than inward and extend love and grace and encouragement to those in our path today.
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This verse is a good one to meditate on to keep our perspective where it ought to be….and our feathers unruffled. Don’t let selfishness and prideful agendas take over. Embrace true humility, and lift your heads to extend love to others. Philippians 2:3 The Voice
Would a bluebird sighting be a rare occurrence for you?
What easily ruffles your feathers?
What feather-smoothing tips do you have to offer.
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