I love watching hummingbirds feed right outside our kitchen window.
A few years ago, my husband and I bought a couple of feeders and attached a hangar to our back porch railing. So, now we have a very clear view of both feeders when we look through the window.
Seeing those little things with their wings flapping a hundred miles-per-hour really brings a smile to my face. (It’s actually 53 beats per second. I couldn’t help but look it up.) And, I also kind of enjoy watching them dive-bomb each other to get the best spot.
But, I learned something about hummingbirds.
They don’t really come around if the food isn’t very good.
At some point, I guess the food “went bad” from sitting out in the sun. Or, maybe it was the ants that had crawled inside and were floating around in the syrupy mess.
Either way, the hummingbirds didn’t see anything in the feeders they liked.
The other day I figured it might be a good idea to change the food. After all, I’m pretty sure we’re supposed to do it every week anyway.
And something pretty amazing happened.
I emptied the feeders, cleaned them out, and replaced them with fresh, new sweet nectary liquid. And, within literally two minutes of hanging the feeder back up, a hummingbird was buzzing away, enjoying his meal.
I had barely walked back in the house before he found it.
This blew my mind, but it made me realize something pretty interesting.
One could easily assume that the hummingbirds had given up and flown off somewhere else where they knew they could find food. But, instead, they had stayed close by.
It wasn’t that the hummingbirds had left, they just hadn’t seen anything lately they wanted.
They were seeking something fresh and sweet, and all they saw was something old and probably fermented. Because they were seeking out yummy goodness, they recognized it as soon as they saw it.
So, what are you seeking?
Or better yet, what are you seeing? What is it that you’re looking for? Just like the hummingbird, you will see what you seek. Or, in other words, you’re going to find what you’re looking for.
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If the faults, flaws, and failures are what you tend to see, then there’s a good chance that’s what you’re seeking.
When you look for all the things that aren’t just right – that aren’t perfect – you’re gonna have a pretty easy time finding them. Just like the hummingbird seeking sweet nectar.
There’s encouraging news in that, though!
If you see what you seek, you simply need to change what you’re seeking!
Paul put it this way,
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8
If seeking negative things leads to seeing negative things, the opposite must also be true. When we choose to seek the positive in a situation, there’s a pretty good chance that’s what we’ll see.
Try this over the next few days.
Think of the person you regularly interact with that irritates you most – and seek several positive qualities. Or, if you’re unhappy in your job, take a few minutes to list what you like about it. You see what you seek.
Perhaps you’re beating yourself up about not reaching a goal. Instead – seek out all the steps you’ve made toward that goal. What positive gains have you made? Where can you see real improvement? You see what you seek.
Let’s make a pact together to be like the hummingbird. If we see what we seek, let’s seek the good things.
Let’s Get FIT Together!
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