Monday, June 26, 2006

I Saw a Bird Sing

As I sat in the sun room this morning watching the sun rise over the marsh and burn the fog away, I heard it before I saw it. The voice was simple, short and pierced the silence. A clear whistle. I looked into the crepe myrtle and saw the bird silhouetted against the bright sky. I do not know it's species. Perhaps a Blue Jay, or a Mockingbird - it really doesn't matter.

I watched as it seemed to crouch against the limb, wait in preparation, stretch it's legs, lift it's head, open it's beak and sing. Again and again: crouch, wait, stretch, lift, open and sing. On one hand, it reminded me of a cartoon bird, it's name long forgotten, who, with great effort, crouched, then lifted, puffed it's chest and sang. The animator had it right. How many hours must she have watched a bird to draw her sequence.

On another hand, I reflected on what it means to find one's voice. To discover one's unique song is to strike a chord of harmony found at the intersection of giftedness, purpose and opportunity. One crouches and waits, then stretches his legs, lifts his head, opens his mouth and sings! A clear call that he is made for a purpose, uniquely shaped, formed and gifted, to sing with the dawn a song. The song pierces the silence in which the singer finds himself. And those around him are blessed.

Find your voice. Sing. Crouch, stretch, lift, open and sing!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Yes? or No?

Credibility. It's hard to build and easy to destroy. This is a life lesson we're working on in our home now. With one child a year away from her learner's permit, we're trying to think now about what life will be like for a teen driver. (She's not real thrilled with our idea of curfew right now, but that's for another post.)

One of the lessons we are working on now is trust and credibility. The idea is simply this: if I can trust you today with the little things, I can trust you tomorrow with greater things. Our motto has been "Let your yes be yes and your no be no." That is pretty self explanatory. Say what you mean. Mean what you say.

A couple of nights ago she came to her mother with a little twinkle in her eye. Pointing to the Bible verse James 5:12, she read: "Your 'yes' must be 'yes,' and your 'no' must be 'no...'" Her conclusion? This is cool! It's in the Bible.

So, what did I learn?
  1. I took it for granted that she knew it was a Biblical admonition. My bad... (though I used the teachable moment to encourage her to find the other reference where the same words are used).
  2. She was reminded that the wisdom found in the Bible is practical.
  3. We all have much to learn about credibility....
Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.