A bird in hand

I was listening to the radio a couple of days back when I heard this song which goes something like ‘A bird in hand is worth one in the bush is worth one on a electric wire’, which instantly sounded like one of those meaningless songs that are the rule rather than exception now-a-days. And then suddenly realization hit me like a ton of bricks on a glass window, this song had a deeper meaning that I could ever imagine.

‘A bird in hand is worth two in the bush’ is one of those oft’ quoted and misquoted sayings. The song though was at a entirely different level, subtle though it might be. How often do we esteem one person over another? How often do we put down one person to show up another? Or how often have we knowingly or unknowingly estimated one life over another?

I know what some of you are guessing, I am getting sensitive here (An unknown quality to me).

We thinking highly of a person in power more than the homeless. I have been in situations where somebody gets a place of honour just because they know somebody who is powerful. I don’t want to get into the argument about how a person works all his life to be recoganised. The differences that I want to point out is in judging a person by the what he belongs to, by who he knows, by what society says rather than by what he is.

To further drill this point home, the sermon at my church last week was a eye opener. The Pastor passed around the flyer that wanted people to write down a list of various things that people thought were important. It ranged from important clothing brands to important women not in the entertainment industry. More often than not people picked the expensive ones for inanimate objects and people in power for the people centric questions. And then he proceeded to ask us why we didn’t consider the brands that we normally use as important? Why we didn’t consider our own relatives and friends as important? The worst part of it all was that he was right.

Our sense of importance seems to be highly wrapped and twisted. We cannot survive without our friends and family but we accord more importance to people we don’t even know or will never meet. We don’t consider the simple things in life that we cannot live without as important rather spending all that adulation on things that we don’t need, that we would buy just to impress people we don’t have to!

It was definitely an eye opener for me, atleast God is not a respecter of personsRomans 2:11, or I am definitely screwed(Pardon the French)

Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.
Leviticus 19:15

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One thought on “A bird in hand

  1. Hermit

    I guess when we meet our creator, many of us are going to be surprised to see some cool characters like Lazarus in the story…Who can tell if the person standing in front of you is the devil or an angel of God..It takes a discerning spirit to know the difference..Naaman saw the difference and was cured of his leprosy while Elisha’s servant who lived with the prophet and saw mighty miracles fell for greed and suffered from Leprosy..So is the case for everyone of us who doesn’t recognize the fact that every body is made in the image of God..But the spirit that lives in the human body, that is something else..Test the spirit with God’s words..Devil tried it with Jesus..He had the answer because He knew the scriptures so well..The Devil will only flee from the presence of the Holy Spirit..Catch yourself each time you lie and ask if you would have said that in the presence of God..You wouldn’t dare speak it in front of your parents (all of us respect them), so why do you think you can lie in front of God? Now, the father of all lies is the Devil..So who is the Father of all Truth..His son said..I am the Way, the Truth and the Life..No man goes to the Father but through me..Do you think He was kidding??? I don’t think so..so I am not taking any chances either..


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