Carolina chickadees are a vivacious and gregarious bird species. They congregate with family and friends as they actively move about. Where you see one, you see more. Their nearly-continuous chattering gives location information to their group as they forage from tree to tree. Birders usually hear them long before they are seen.
I love coming into a church hall and hearing the chattering of community before I step through a classroom door. There may be 10 different conversations going but the camaraderie makes me smile. Christians in community are a happy sound and sight. And, an important place for each Believer to participate. The encouragement and sharing with one another can sustain us as we go through our week. A community of Believers offers opportunity to be blessed as we do good deeds for one another. And, knowing others are praying for a difficult situation we may be facing can lessen our load.
Hebrews 10:24-25 instructs Believers, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another …” (NIV)
Who is your community of Believers and what ways can you spur one another as we witness outside the church walls?
- Birds Vol 1 #5 – The Black-capped Chickadee (leesbird.com)
- Chickadee NestWatch Report #5 (2012) (wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com)
- eBird – I guess there’s an app for everthing! (howtospyonbirds.wordpress.com)
- Start Birdwatching Today: What is that Sound? (leesbird.com)