Don’t Wait For The Parrot To Die!

By Glen Young

The pet store owner convinced the old woman that a parrot would keep her company because it would talk to her. When she returned it the next day, she told the owner, “This bird doesn’t talk.”

     “Does he have a mirror in his cage?” he asked. “Parrots love mirrors. They see their reflection and start a conversation.” The woman bought a mirror and left.

     The next day she returned. The bird still wasn’t talking. “How about a ladder? Parrots love ladders. A happy parrot is a talkative parrot.” The woman bought a ladder and left.

But the next day, she was back. “Does your parrot have a swing? No? Well, that’s the problem. Once he starts swinging, he’ll talk up a storm.” The woman reluctantly bought a swing and left.

     When she walked into the store the next day, her countenance had changed. “The parrot died,” she said. The pet store owner was shocked.

     “I’m so sorry. Tell me, did he ever say anything?” he asked.

     “Yes, right before he died.” The woman replied. “In a weak voice, he asked me, ‘Don’t they sell any food at that pet store?’ “

     When I first heard this humorous tale, it made me think of how we often deal with life. Many have forgotten what is really important in life. In one’s search for satisfaction and meaning in life, it is easy to get caught up in instant gratification and  selfish wants, while neglecting that which gives life true meaning.

     Which is more important; having a nice house, two cars and the latest computer technology, or renouncing all material possessions to follow the Lord (Luke 14:33). If Christians are not careful, they will make the mistake of thinking that material possessions are the things which bring us satisfaction and meaning in life.

     Which is more important; changing marriage partners whenever there is a disagreement or one has ‘fallen out of love’ with the other, or abiding together as one flesh until death shall part you (Matthew 19:4-6). Christians must not fall prey to the devil’s lie that they would be better satisfied or that life would have more meaning if they would just change marriage partners.

     What is it that makes life satisfying and meaningful? It is seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). To seek the kingdom of God is to desire earnestly the Word that you may grow unto salvation (1 Peter 2:2). Through this avenue, and this avenue alone, will life be satisfying and meaningful.

     Take a moment to do a priority check. Have you allowed the devil to sell you mirrors, ladders and swings? All of which are nice to have but are insignificant when it comes to a meaningful life.

     The Lord has a table spread with all manner of food for the soul. He invites you to come and feast with Him. Please come and feed your starving soul.

     Don’t wait for the parrot to die!