Where oh where has summer gone? As I write this, we are experiencing a perfect weather day. Today it is not too hot and not too cold, no humidity and mostly sunny, so I call it just perfect. Now, I must admit that I can find beauty in every season of the year. Even in the coldest of the January days there can be incredible beauty. For me a perfect winter day is about zero degrees with a clear blue sky, no wind and ice crystals dancing on the surface of everything.
Now, I’m not longing for my perfect winter day to get here anytime soon but I use this example to lead into a writing by Craig Groeschel. Mr. Groeschel uses examples from the bird family to help us see that we have choices. Put simply we can choose to focus on the negative or we can choose to focus on the positive.
The following is from Craig Groeschel, Soul Detox (p. 50). Zondervan.
You will always find what you are looking for. Think about the difference between two birds: a vulture and a hummingbird. Vultures soar high in the sky, looking and searching. What does a vulture find? Dead things. The ugly, oversized bird doesn’t stop until he finds lifeless, rotting roadkill. Contrast the vulture to the tiny hummingbird. With wings flapping twenty beats a second, what does this small bird find? Not dead things and disgusting rancid meat, but instead, sweet, life-giving nectar.
Daily, each bird finds what he is looking for. The same is true for you. You can be on a roadkill diet or you can find nectar in each day. It’s up to you, because you will find what you search for. If you want to find things to be negative about or to worry about, it is not hard to do. If you plan to be critical, you don’t have to look far to find fault. If you choose to be negative, you’ll easily accomplish your goal. But if you want to see the good in life, you can find it everywhere. If you choose to watch for places God is working, you’ll see his loving presence each place you look. If you decide to look for hope, faith, and a better future, you will discover these positive things and more countless times a day.
It is my prayer that you choose to look for the positive and beauty around you.