The vulture and the hummingbird have something in common. These two radically different-looking birds both thrive in the desert. But that’s where the similarity ends. They find their sustenance in very different places.
Vultures, as you know, live on the smelly, rotten flesh of dead animals. While hummingbirds find their sustenance in the colorful blossoms of desert plants. And so, as these two birds are flying around the desert, they’re looking for very different things. And you know what? They both find what they’re looking for.
The same is true of people. Some people are like vultures in that they are drawn to anything negative….anything that stinks…..anything that’s about to fail or die. While other people are like hummingbirds. They’re naturally more optimistic. They appreciate beauty and can find it almost anywhere, even in desolate places.
Today, ask yourself if you’re a vulture or a hummingbird. You probably know all too well which you are. But if by some chance you’re not sure, don’t just give yourself a pass and assume you’re a hummingbird. Instead, ask someone who’s close to you, someone who loves you enough to tell you the truth. It’s possible that you’re more “vulturish” than you realize.
If you do indeed have vulture tendencies, you’re probably very unhappy and need to change. A good place to start is in Philippians 4:8. Paul said, “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
One time when I was feeling especially vulturish, I pulled out a pen and paper and started writing down every positive thing about my life I could think of. The first few items were kind of hard to come up with because I had to break through the wall of negativity that I had built. But once I got going, the list grew quickly and my mood changed dramatically. In a matter of speaking, I felt myself morph from a vulture to a hummingbird in those few minutes.
Philippians 4:8 is a very underrated verse. It is the answer that would change countless people’s lives, if only they’d take it seriously and do what it says.
Would it change yours?