Picky Birds


I love feeding birds. I have been doing it for years. I know that if I don’t feed the birds, they will get fed, but I love sitting outside fairly close to the bird feeder and watching the birds as they come in to feed. Most of my feed has been sunflower seeds I get from Bennington Mercantile here in Castle Rock. I went there awhile back and they were out of sunflower seeds, but they had this premium bird seed on sale so I bought a bag.

I took it home and loaded it into the three cylinders of my bird feeder. I set it in the tree and waited for the birds to arrive and eat my bird seed. It took some time, but the birds finally perched on the bird feeder. To my surprise, the birds began to throw the seed off onto the ground, looking for the sunflower seeds that I had been putting in the feeder. This premium seed did have some sunflowers, but most of the seed was the small variety that you can see on the feeder.

I saw the lark buntings sitting on the little polls in front of the openings and throwing the little seed out to get to the sunflowers. Once they tasted the good quality seeds, they weren’t going to eat the other seeds.

It reminds me of tasting of the Bible for so many years. God’s word is the sunflowers to the birds at my feeder. Once you get a taste of the truth of His wisdom and insight regarding love, forgiveness, grace, doing relationships, etc., It’s difficult to read other things that give us opinions of others, but doesn’t give us the truth we can live and grow by.

On this journey, it is important to choose the kind of food that will nourish our souls, our choices, and our decisions. Choose wisely the food you want to eat today.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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