Psalm 124:7 We have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; the snare is broken, and we have escaped.

Author Anne Lamott recounts a story about her brother in one of her books. Age 10 at the time of the story, her brother had waited until the last minute to complete a school assignment cataloging a large number of birds. He was feeling very hopeless when their father intervened. Mr. Lamott encouraged his son to not focus on the large task in front of him, but to instead take the task “bird by bird.” Anne Lamott suggests that taking life “bird by bird” is good advice for all of us. 

We can feel overwhelmed living in a world with so much need and so many demands. We may be tempted to feel like our actions cannot possibly make a difference. But when we take life “bird by bird” and focus on the needs directly in front of us in the moment, we serve God and grow the kingdom. We can see and love and set free one bird at a time.

MOVING FORWARD: Is there a big project in your work or your life that feels overwhelming? How can you take it “bird by bird” and give yourself some grace?