feed the birds?…everyday everybody’s hungry…”actual” birds/people/all fragile-life’s gotta eat, eh? (including me 2)
We are all on “life support”…artificial or otherwise in one manner or another. (Sensitive me can’t pull the plug (on anybody)…don’t ever want that responsibility/accountability, thanks!) Though, for me, “my” end of life choice is pull my plug please...no need to prolong my dead mind artificially (quality vs. quantity sorta).
Birds/people fascinate me. All kinds of feathers and flight. i admire actual birds’ abilities to take off flying/soaring in the heights above: freedom. (Birdie music is a gift of God.) i use to have 2 finches (before human kids)…years ago–in this beautiful wooden/oriental birdhouse (i got at a yard sale)…”Romeo & Juliet”…they would harmonize and sing each part of this cute song..most days. They were constantly getting out of their cage when i would clean their house and fly to my ficus tree and plants. My 2 pet peeves: the incredibly big bird seed mess constantly everywhere these little finches would produce & Romeo was a brute (at times) and would attack/peck Juliet! (i LOVED these two birdies!) Eventually, sadly, they died and i sorta didn’t want the heart responsibility of caging bird(s). (All relationships involve heart, work, maintenance, sacrifice, giving.)
We all have our motives…i’d like to “hope” my main (ideal) motivation is love..(i.e. agape) for anything/most things i do or don’t. You know your motives? (I know mine?)
Sparing the sparrows: “Encouraging” reading excerpted: Nothing Can “Separate Us From God’s Love”
Some agree that God loves mankind in general, as John 3:16 says. But they feel, in effect: ‘God could never love me as an individual.’ Discouraged, one man said: “I find it very difficult to believe that God cares anything about me.” Do similar doubts afflict you at times?
Many today grow up in families where there is “no natural affection.” Others are constantly exposed to those who are fierce, selfish, and headstrong. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Years of being subjected to ill-treatment, racism, or hatred may have convinced such ones that they are worthless or unlovable.
If you sense such negative feelings in yourself, do not despair. Many of us are unreasonably hard on ourselves from time to time. But remember, God’s Word is designed for “setting things straight” and for “overturning strongly entrenched things.” (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Corinthians 10:4) The Bible says: “We shall assure our hearts before him as regards whatever our hearts may condemn us in, because God is greater than our hearts and knows all things.” (1 John 3:19, 20) Let us consider[..] ways in which the Scriptures help us to “assure our hearts” of Jehovah’s love.
First, the Bible directly teaches that God sees worth in each of his servants. For example, Jesus said: “Do not two sparrows sell for a coin of small value? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore have no fear: you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31) Consider what those words meant to Jesus’ first-century listeners.
We may wonder why anyone would buy a sparrow. Well, in Jesus’ day the sparrow was the cheapest of the birds sold as food. Notice that for one coin of small value, a purchaser got two sparrows. But Jesus later stated that if a person was prepared to spend two coins, he got, not four sparrows, but five. The extra bird was added as though it had no value at all. Perhaps such creatures were worthless in the eyes of men, but how did the Creator view them? Said Jesus: “Not one of them [not even the one added in] goes forgotten before God.” (Luke 12:6, 7) Now we may begin to see Jesus’ point. If Jehovah places such value on a single sparrow, of how much greater worth is a human! As Jesus explained, Jehovah knows every detail about us. Why, the very hairs of our head are numbered!
Simply put, he delights in our good qualities and in the efforts we put forth. King David told his son Solomon: “All hearts Jehovah is searching, and every inclination of the thoughts he is discerning.” (1 Chronicles 28:9) As God searches through billions of human hearts in this violent, hate-filled world, how delighted he must be when he comes upon a heart that loves peace, truth, and righteousness!
Now, the self-condemning heart may resist such evidence of our value in the eyes of God. It may insistently whisper: ‘But there are so many others who are more exemplary than I am. How disappointed Jehovah must be when he compares me with them!’ Jehovah does not compare; nor is he rigid or harsh in his thinking. (Galatians 6:4) It is with great subtlety that he reads our hearts, and he values the good—even small measures of it.
Further birdie seed aka readings on sparrows: excerpts article W 05 Jehovah Has Numbered “the Very Hairs of Your Head” (my highlights)
In Jesus’ day, sparrows were used for food, but because they were a threat to crops, they were largely viewed as pests. Sparrows were so abundant and cheap that two could be purchased for less than the equivalent of five cents in modern values. Twice that amount would buy not four but five sparrows—the extra bird being thrown in, as if it had no value at all!—Luke 12:6.
Think, too, about the size of this common bird. Compared to many other birds, even a full-grown sparrow is quite small. Yet, the Greek word translated “sparrows” at Matthew 10:29 specifically refers to little sparrows. Jesus evidently wanted his apostles to imagine a bird of the very least significance. As one reference work says, “Jesus cites a very small bird and uses a diminutive even of that!”
What powerful point is made by Jesus’ illustration of the sparrows?
Jesus’ analogy of the sparrows makes a powerful point: What seems valueless to humans is important to Jehovah God. Jesus further emphasized this truth by adding that a little sparrow would not “fall to the ground” without Jehovah’s notice. The lesson is clear. If Jehovah God takes note of the smallest and most insignificant bird, how much more will he be concerned about the plight of a human who has chosen to serve him!
In addition to his illustration about the sparrows, Jesus said: “The very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matthew 10:30) This brief but profound statement amplifies the point of Jesus’ illustration about the sparrows. Consider: The average human head has about 100,000 strands of hair. For the most part, one hair seems just like the next, and no single hair seems to deserve our particular scrutiny. Yet, each hair is noticed and numbered by Jehovah God. Since this is the case, is there any detail of our life that Jehovah cannot know? Surely Jehovah understands the unique makeup of each of his servants. Indeed, he “sees what the heart is.”—1 Samuel 16:7.
Some scholars suggest that the sparrow’s falling to the ground may allude to more than its dying. They say that the original-language phrase may refer to a bird’s alighting on the ground for food. If this is the case, it would imply that God notices and cares for the bird in its daily activities, not just when it dies.—Matthew 6:26.
All this birdie talk…begs the question: IF God does Care…WHY does he permit suffering? (another blog …fodder, huh? perhaps.)
(published snippets of seeds/learning/living/loving 5/7/15 @2:34 p.m.)