Quickly, now—how many birds do you see in the photo below?
Surely you see the two birds who are neck to neck in flight as though they were pretending to be horses contending for the grand prize in the Kentucky Derby. Did you happen to notice the striving bird in last place, hook bill outstretched? Okay, so you noticed.
What if I were to say that you were wrong? Here’s the next question: Look at the shuttered windows in the lower right corner. Do they appear level? What if I disagreed with your answer? Would you be angry?
Proverbs 13:3 says, "He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin." It’s easy to answer rashly or come to a conclusion before every avenue is explored in any given situation. Even so, is it likely that we’ll defend our first opinion, perhaps with hurtful words and a poor attitude?
There are FOUR birds in the picture and the top of the shuttered windows are almost perfectly level.
The birds I saw flying today serve to remind me that things are not always what they appear to be initially; I need to "guard my lips" and consider the words that I am tempted to speak before they are released into reality by the sound of my own voice.