One of the many thing I love about going for a walk in the country listening to the bird choir. Usually this consists of many different types of birds; but not necessarily being a bird enthusiast, I have no idea which voice belongs to which feathered friend. The only sure thing in my mind is that the choir serenading me is composed of many beautiful voices, all blending together in giving praise to our Father.
When I left the house this morning, however, I only heard one tiny
voice; and it wasn't a loud or pretty one, either. Rather, it was a
single "chip" repeated over and over.
revealed that the singer was a common house sparrow, such as the one
pictured above, and I couldn't help thinking with a smile that perhaps
this particular bird should just keep its little beak shut. After all,
when you don't have any talent, there is no sense in announcing it to
As I continued on my walk, I was delighted when the
bird choir started up their morning song. Then, for perhaps the first
time ever, I began to hear individual bird voices. Some were loud and
shrill, others were quiet; some contained trills and chatter, others
were nothing but a single "chip"...Wait a minute! I knew that voice! It
belonged to the house sparrow on my front lawn!
little voice hadn't been exactly beautiful when it was the only one, it
contributed to the overall bird choir like quiet symbols contribute to
an orchestra. In fact, when the voices of many other house sparrows
blended together, their little "chips" produced quite a powerful punch!
It all made me think. You see, I'm kind of a shy introvert. I love
the Lord, I love my fellow mankind, and I want very much to be a
powerful witness. But my "voice" is weak, and it's not very pretty. I
don't feel like I contribute much to world evangelism because I can
never seem be bold about my witnessing. In fact, I have to admit that I
am often tempted to not "sing" at all. Why not let those with beautiful
witnessing "voices" take the lead? Why not the powerful preachers, the
extroverts, and any others who don't mind being singled out or being the
centre of attention? After all, their witness is far more powerful than
mine could ever be, and they attract a lot more attention than I
could--or even would want--to do!
But what about that tiny house
sparrow and its rather unimpressive "chip"? The bird choir wouldn't be
the same without its tiny contribution...
Is it the same with
me? Is God telling me that each time I shyly say, "God bless you" to a
store clerk, it makes a difference? Is God showing me that when I pray
for world evangelism, it contributes? Is God helping me to understand
that reaching out to help people provides needed rhythm in the grand
scheme of world evangelism? And what about my writing? Is it encouraging
and empowering those who are bolder than I?
The answer is yes,
yes, yes and yes! We don't have to be big, powerful teachers or pastors
to witness for the Lord. Hey! We don't even have to be bold or
extraverted! We only need to let Jesus' light shine through us, and when
we do, our little "chip" will be incorporated into the overall fabric of
evangelism in such a beautiful way that it becomes very clear the gospel
wouldn't go forward the same way without it.
Think about that the
next time you purchase something at the grocery store or stop to pay
toll on the road. Why not leave the attendants with the words, "God
bless you"? And if you don't feel comfortable saying something to
someone, than pray for that person. Send out encouraging emails and
facebook messages. Sing songs of praise at work (and don't do it only
when no one is around)! Reach out with a smile and a helping hand. Don't
be afraid to leave people with a word of encouragement. Each time you
do, then just like that house sparrow, you will be contributing to the
overall "choir" of evangelism in a way that would be sorely missed.
"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon
you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth." (Acts 1:8 NET)
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author --
"Aboard God's Train -- A
Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet
Scriptural Nuggets, a
website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with
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