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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Bird Struck! Stellar Jays

Family Devotional

Day One

“For we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16

A familiar bird to California campgrounds is the bright blue, noisy Stellar Jay. They love to swoop down and snatch up pieces of your lunch. Often they are bold and aggressive. They also have the gift of mimicry.

According to the dictionaries, mimicry can be used to represent, copy, or reproduce. It can also be used to disguise, pretend, or impersonate. The difference is in the intent.

Stellar Jays listen carefully to the sounds around them, and then they mimic them with amazing precision.

The jays do this on purpose, but we often copy characteristics of people around us without thinking about it. And sometimes we begin to act in ways that are different from our hearts.

We can learn from the Stellar Jays that by observing and listening, we too can develop mimicking skills. When we are attracted to good things, we strengthen our hearts. When we are attracted to bad things, we hurt our hearts.

The Scriptures tell us “for we have the mind of Christ.” How is that possible? When we love Jesus, we begin to see people and problems with His mind and His vision.

We can observe and listen and copy actions that are caring and honest. We can choose to mimic goodness.

Action
1.Think of someone you admire and someone who makes you uncomfortable. Make a list of their characteristics.

2.Do you also act in some of the ways that they do?

3.This week plan on ways to copy one nice trait and stop one wrong trait


Read More
Romans 12:15-16
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