The Beautifully Ugly Cockatoo

Here in Australia, there is a very pretty looking bird.

That bird, is called the Cockatoo.
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While we regard these birds to be exotic pets in America, here in Australia, they are a native species. I have seen dozens of these birds together in flocks, eating berries off trees and nesting as a group.
One might think this is a marvelous thing.
However, unknown to many people, the Cockatoo has one of the wort bird sounds I personally ever have heard.

Pretty awful right? Now, that is just one. Think of a dozen of them together.

In hearing such a beautiful bird make this awful sound, I was reminded of some scripture a few days ago, and wanted to share it with you.

The Cockatoo is a perfect example, in my opinion, of God calling us to be beautiful in spirit, and not focused on outward appearance.

I know this verse is usually applied to wives, as Paul was writing to them. However, I know I sometimes struggle with vanity, and am sure other guys care about how they look. We just care in different ways.

1 Peter 3:3-4 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel, rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

The Cockatoo may be one of the prettiest birds in Australia, but makes one of the worst sounds.

There are many songbirds in creation that do indeed have beautiful looks and songs. I believe a person can look nice and still have a great “Song”. What is important, is we make sure we don’t let our preening get in the way, or cause people to focus on something else.

We could be the sharpest looking guy, or prettiest looking gal in America, but all for naught if our heart is not beautifully turned to God. If it is, instead of prideful, irritating, and selfish “Sounds” coming out of our lives…
We will see a sweet lilting song that will bring God glory. People will want to listen, even if we aren’t the best looking person around.

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