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Life Speaks to Us - Mockingbirds

MOCKINGBIRDS...an interesting class of birds! Not sure who gave them their English name but it fits them to a tee. And do they ever mock! They have more than 200 known songs and many other sounds, most of which they hear from other birds; even insects and amphibians, often repeating them loudly and in rapid succession. So, they are the vocalists, not the composer. Coincidentally, I have lived in two states and this bird is the ‘state bird’ of both; Tennessee and Texas! Makes it easier at 74 to remember my ‘state bird’.

They are as aggressive as they are vocal. Ask any squirrel that has strayed into their nesting area. The chase is on! I love the sight with the mockingbird nipping at the squirrel’s tail that is swishing to ward off his pursuer, all at high speed, at least for the squirrel. He doesn’t stand a chance. ‘Mocky’ has his number! Really, nothing ever comes of it except the nest is once again safe from that mean ol’ rodent. All in a days work. But beware of the neighborhood cats.

I thinkthey are beautiful in shape and their colorful wings of gray and white are a  dead giveaway when they take flight. Oddly, they sing, not always for joy but out of desperation. And why sometimes at night when most birds are sleeping? Maybe he is protecting his marked off territory, being always on alert for other encroaching mockingbirds. ‘We may look alike,’ Mocky says, ‘but we are not all family.’ That brings me to the Body of Christ. We do a lot of loud chirping, even mimicking other denominations, but way too often we do not act as the ‘family of God’. Too much ‘territorial’ mindset!


For ‘Mocky’, his bride and young’uns it is all about survival, but for the Church, it is certain death. For instance; “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all”(Eph. 4:4-6).

While the mockingbird is about mimicking various other birds and creatures, creating a variety of sounds; the Body of Christ needs to send one clear message, the gospel. While you might present it in various ways, it is still a single message. The gospel by which we are saved is: “Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead.” (I Cor 15:1-5).

When the adversaries of the mockingbird look upon him and his territory, they see a voracious defender, willing to give his life for his family. We in the church must be about the same defense of the gospel. Without it people will perish and the church will become obsolete and inconsequential in the world. As we see today, other major religions are making their move into the lives of people all across the world. Just like ‘Mocky’, we need to proclaim it loudly and clearly with our voices and our lives.

Paul tells us in Romans; “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (v 1:16) Most of the sounds made by the mockingbird are learned. We, the church, need to learn the gospel message to be able to declare it. According to Barna, most Christians in America, perhaps as many as 95% of us, have never shared their faith or the gospel with another person. Is it any wonder that we in America are losing the battle for the hearts and souls of the lost? They simply do not know what we believe. Tragically, we may not even really know what we do believe. I sure hope we are not ashamed of the message of the gospel! ‘And Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people”‘(Mk. 16:15). Know any?

Here is my challenge to you? If you are one of the 95%, find a method by which you can be trained to share your faith over the next month. Start praying God will lead you to someone He has ordained for you to present the gospel-and just do it! And then be prepared for some of the greatest joy you could ever imagine. So much so, you will outdo ‘Mocky’ in singing God’s praises. And from this day forward, every time you see or hear a mockingbird, be reminded to pray that God will use you that day. If you are obedient, you will be shocked at how many mockingbirds He sends into your life or across your path each day. Look out, here comes one!

Copyright 2012


By Bill C. Dotson



Scripture taken from the New King James Version

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