Birds of a Feather

October 9, 2009 at 8:46 am | Posted in Common Expressions, Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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A football coach was asked if one of his players was more focused on practice, now that the player’s best friend had gone to play for another team. Apparently the two players had been in the habit of horsing around during practice to the point of distraction.

The coach diplomatically replied, “Creatures of similar plumages habitually congregate in places of closest proximity.”

This was a tongue-in-cheek way of saying “birds a feather flock together,” an expression that is common today. Psalm 84:3-4 says, “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.”

The psalmist was jealous of the birds which built their nests in the rafters of the house of God, because they were almost constantly so near the place where the psalmist wanted to be. Just as these birds flocked together with their own kind, believers on the Lord Jesus Christ ought to “flock together” with other believers at the house of God. Is church attendance a regular part of your Christian walk, or just an obligation you suffer through from time to time? People tend to talk, act, and think like the people they hang around. If I want to think, talk, and act like the Lord Jesus, then I need to “hang around,” with Him – spending time in prayer, Bible study, worship, and ministry activities. Fellowship with other Christians is also a vital part of the Christian life, and what better place for us creatures of similar plumages to flock together, than at church!


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