Jimmy received a parrot for his birthday. This parrot was fully grown with a bad attitude and terrible vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive. Those that weren’t expletives were, to say the least, rude. Jimmy tried hard to change the bird’s attitude. He was constantly saying polite words and playing soft music; he did anything he could think of. Nothing worked. When he yelled at the bird, the bird got worse. If he shook the bird, the bird got madder and ruder.
Finally, in a moment of desperation, Jimmy put the parrot in the freezer. For a few moments, he heard the bird squawking, kicking and screaming, and then suddenly, there was quiet. Jimmy was frightened that he might have actually hurt the bird and quickly opened the freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto Jimmy’s extended arm and said: “I’m sorry that I might have offended you with my language and actions, so I ask for your forgiveness. I will endeavor to correct my behavior.”
Jimmy was astounded at the bird’s change in attitude and was about to ask what had changed him when the parrot continued: “May I ask you, sir, just what did that chicken do?
Yes, changes in latitude and changes in attitude might work for parrots and Jimmy Buffet, but you and I need something more. We need a change in our hearts and souls. As Paul reminds us, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and our souls (Romans 12:2). To have a transformed soul, a simple change in latitude or attitude isn’t enough; we need Jesus to touch us and shape us.
How is it with your soul? Is it restless or heavy? Does your soul feel broken or tempted? No matter how your soul might be now, it doesn’t have to stay that way. If we allow Jesus to touch our souls, we can be transformed so that we can sing, “It is well, it is well with my soul…”