It’s Time to Kill the Parrot

It’s Time to Kill the Parrot

Kill the Parrot
I heard about a lady who walked past a beautiful macaw in a pet store. As she walked by the parrot said. “Hey lady. You are ugly!”

The woman was appalled. She stormed to the counter and started complaining to the owner. The owner apologized profusely. He promised it wouldn’t happen again. He went over and grabbed the parrot by the neck. The owner scolded it and said that if the parrot ever told that woman she was ugly again he would finish the job and kill him.

The parrot was traumatized.

Several days later the same woman walked into the store. She eyed the parrot. The parrot ducked his head and looked away. As the lady walked past the parrot whispered. “Hey lady.”

The woman whipped around. “What?”

The parrot grinned. “Yoooou know.”

I thought it was only me, but I’m learning it’s pretty much everyone. We’ve all had enough negative words spoken over us that we don’t even have to actually hear the words anymore. We just have to have someone hint and weeee know. You aren’t smart enough. You’ll never get anywhere in life the way you are. You aren’t welcome here, this is only for special people. Blah, blah, blah.

It’s like there’s a parrot that just keeps repeating that one line in your head. It may have been said years ago but you just can’t seem to shake it. You may have even seen some success in life, but that parrot is still nagging and telling you – you know.

I suggest you kill that parrot. Get another parrot. Get a parrot that fills your mind with the truth that it’s not about you. It’s about what God can do in you through his power and for his glory. Have your new parrot remind you:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.  Psalm 139:14

We tend to become what the voices we listen to are telling us. So make sure you are listening to the right parrot.