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Birds Who Sing Together, Stay Together: Monogamy Lessons From The Fairy-Wrens

duet fairy wrenBirds of a feather flock together? Perhaps. Birds who fight off suitors stay together? On occasion. But, according to a recent study, birds who sing together are the most likely to remain monogamous. Or at least that is the case for the red-backed-fairy-wren.

The red-backed-fairy-wren has been called a “highly promiscuous species with high rates of extra-pair paternity.” Or, in other words, they “sleep around.” But a recent study conducted by biologist Daniel Baldassarre, an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Miami‘s Department of Biology, revealed that some pairs are far more successful than others at remaining monogamous.

How do the successful pairs remain monogamous? Surprisingly, it wasn’t the ones that spent their time fighting off other suitors. Wrens that displayed physical aggression toward an intruder had no statistical success at keeping their “marriage” pure. But pairs who sang a duet with their mate had a surprisingly high rate of monogamy. Singing! Who knew?

Now, let me admit: this is the animal kingdom. And all of this might be, quite literally, “for the birds.” But I can’t help but wonder if there is an application for the humans as well.

You see, the Bible tells us that “marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). So, perhaps…just perhaps, many marriages could benefit from the “bird brains.” Basically: worry about others less, and sing together more.

A duet is defined as “two people performing together.” Most often, duets are musical, but a duet is also a beautiful description of a properly working marriage. A marriage is a song being sung by a husband and wife – together. Their song tells the story of their commitment to each other. Those who seek to please God will pray together, love together, and submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21).

When the duet is strong, the marriage will be too. So…as the song says:

Sing and you’ll be happy today, Press along to the goal,…https://youtu.be/ou9YaGhqwM8 (give it a listen; the song is a blessing)…

Cutting the Cable…On Purpose!

Cutting-CableWe finally cut the cable…on purpose this time! If you are like me, you’ve been digging in the yard and had one of those, “uh, oh” moments when you realized that you just “cut the cord.” Usually someone comes out yelling, “what did you do?” But not this time. This time, we made the decision, on purpose, to cut the cord!

We’ve been talking about it for far too long. In fact, we should have done it last year when they started monkeying with the prices. But we did that, “I’m gonna cancel” threat, and they did that, “we’ll give you a 6 month promotion” thing…and I caved.

But not this year! In 2015, I want to be a better steward of my time and my finances. So yesterday, I gathered up the equipment, brought it down to the cable company, and handed it over. With all the recent fees and rate hikes, it was $100/month back in our budget, so we are pretty happy about that.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that all TV is bad. There are programs I like, programs the wife likes, and stuff the kids watch for enjoyment and for homeschooling. And with the Internet, we can still access what we really need. But what we (hopefully) nixed was the Pavlovian response – sit on couch, turn  TV on, waste time looking for something of value.

If I am going to be an example to my kids, I can’t imagine a more immediate impact on our life and our budget than to significantly reduce our time in front of screens.

Making plans is a good thing. Of course, we should always make our plans with an attitude of, “If God wills it” (James 4:15). But more believers should recognize that God never did anything without a plan. Thankfully, he has revealed those plans to us through His servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). And planning to follow His plan more in 2015 should be our priority.

But sticking to the plan is the tough part. And that is why the crown of life is given to those who read, hear, heed, and remain faithful to the plan (Revelation 1:2, 2:10).

What about you? Do you have a plan for 2015? Or do you simply “hope for the best?” I encourage you to make your calling and election sure in 2015 (2 Peter 1:10). Put Christ and His Kingdom first in your life (Matthew 6:33); reduce the “static” that distracts you from the weightier matters (Matthew 23:23); and live the abundant life in Christ (John 10:10).


Investing in Potato Salad?

Have you searched for “Potato Salad” in your favorite web explorer lately? If so, you probably noticed that about 10 of the top 12 hits have nothing to do with recipes for potato salad. Pretty strange? Even stranger is what does come up…Zack Brown and his unlikely $59,623 Potato Salad!

Zack Brown isn’t an entrepreneur; he isn’t looking to start a restaurant or a potato salad company; and he isn’t hopeful to revolutionize potato salad ingredients. So why is his potato salad such a big deal all of a sudden? Because Zack Brown hit it big on Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a website that can best be described as a poor man’s venture capital. In their own words, they help fund “creative projects and the artists, designers, and creative people who make them.” In other words, the site helps projects that would not normally get funding by traditional methods.

And sometimes, the absurd hits it big: See Zack’s Kickstarter Page

That is the case with Zack Brown. He’s never made potato salad. He isn’t offering anything of real value in return for investors. He just wanted to see if he could raise $10 to make potato salad. His results so far have been an overwhelming 4,840 backers who have sent a staggering $59,623.

My take-away from Zack’s windfall:

1)      At least 4,840 people in this world have more money than sense. In the words of David Hannum (wrongly attributed to P.T. Barnum), “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

2)      Being a good steward (1 Peter 4:10) doesn’t seem to concern many in our society. The Master is returning soon…and we must not live so frivolously (Luke 12:42-46).

3)      Those who have been faithful with very little will be the ones who are trusted with much (Matthew 25:21).

Be wise. Invest your time and money in things of greater consequence. Buy the truth and sell it not. “There is precious treasure and oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man swallows it up” (Proverbs 21:20). Lord, please keep our eyes from looking at the worthless things of this world and direct us to live in your ways (Psalm 119:37)!