August 11, 2021

“Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

When our sons were young, we shared a common wall in a triplex with a family who served as missionaries in Zimbabwe before returning to the states. They had an African grey parrot named Kasuku that they’d found in the jungle and kept as a pet. Kasuku returned with them and lived for over 23 years.

Kasuku was a talented bird.  If you asked him if he could talk, he would say, “No silly, birds can’t talk.”  If you asked him who the president was, he would say “Jimmy Carter.” One summer they went on vacation, and I volunteered to watch Kasuku for them – thinking it would be a great learning experience for Seth and Dan. 

African Grey Parrot

We had a great week. The boys helped feed Kasuku, cleaned his cage, and were entertained by his vocal ability. At the end of the week Kasuku returned home, and a part of me returned with him. In one weeks’ time, Kasuku had already learned to imitate me! We could hear him across the fence, yelling at our sons, sounding exactly like me!  We heard him laughing like me. He made little clicking sounds just like my heels on the linoleum kitchen floor. He simply imitated what he heard.

I don’t know about you, but I often have sound tracks playing in the background of my mind. It might be of a song on the radio, a jingle from a commercial, a playback of words that hurt, the most recent rant from the news. What goes in comes back out.

Our environment matters, in subtle and unconscious ways. And our mind mimics it back to us, often in stereo. If a beloved grey parrot can imitate humans, surely, I can try to imitate God by living as Jesus lived, walking in love.

Walk in love ~ Anne

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