Thursday, September 25, 2008

Shelling Pancakes

Did you know it is possible to shell a pancake like a nut? Peeperz, our cockatoo, has the remarkable talent of shelling practically anything. He shells french fries (eating the inside and leaving the skins empty), chicken nuggets, previously shelled sunflower seeds (yes, there is a tiny, transparent skin left on them even after we shell them and think they are ready to eat), and as of this morning, pancakes. You see, no matter how domesticated our little bird is, it is still in his nature to shell everything as he would in the wild. Yes, our cockatoo may be potty trained and may have developed a hankering for chocolate milk, but you still can't get the "birdy" nature out of him.

So this morning as I sat here watching Peeperz shell pancakes, I started thinking about what my nature was like. The Bible teaches us that we have the nature of our father. Either as new creations in Christ, we have the very nature of God in us now, or as fallen beings with misplaced affections, we have the nature of the Enemy. What is my nature when no one is looking... no matter how well trained I may be?

May it be said of us that we are living up to the nature of our Heavenly Father and are walking diligently and steadfastly in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. May every idiosyncrasy and quirk point others to the truth that God is our Father and bring Him much glory.

"May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire."
2 Peter 1:2-4 (Emphasis mine)

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