Coco Calling: No.15 - Humility and Pollywood
The random thoughts of a Christian parrot
I’m sure that you’re all very familiar with Hollywood in California, and Bollywood in India. Some of you may also have heard of Nollywood, -the hub of the African film-making industry based in Nigeria. But have you ever come across “Pollywood”?
Pollywood is where you go if you’re a parrot that’s “made it” in life. Parrot business tycoons like Quill Gates and parrot sports stars such as David Peck’em (yes, he always was a bit of a dirty player), -they all flock to Pollywood to announce to the world that “they’ve arrived”.
Successful parrots go there to strut and swagger and head-bang their way up and down the red carpet while all of their adoring fans look on. A thriving industry has sprung up around them there, including parrot petting parlours, feather spas and high end crest coiffeurs. It’s a different world.
Because of my weekly blogs, I’ve become quite famous, and so I received my invitation to attend a function in Pollywood. But do you know what? I turned it down. Because flaunting my fame and success wouldn’t necessarily make me a better parrot. It would only transport me to an artificial world, which one day in the future, would come crashing down around me.
To be a true Christian, -to keep in touch with God, you need to keep humility in your heart. The nicest people and parrots that I have ever met all keep hold of a nugget of humility in their make-up. Humility is at the core of the Christian faith. Jesus was born in a lowly stable amongst farm animals, -not in some glitzy palace. He lived in relative poverty when He had the power to make himself very rich, or walk upon a red carpet. And the Gospels place a huge emphasis upon the poor, the needy and the downtrodden, while the wealthy and successful people of Jesus’ era rarely get a mention. The book of Proverbs (11.2) tells us that “…with humility comes wisdom.” And 1Peter 5:5 gives us this very emphatic instruction:
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Ultimately, it’s not our fame or success or wealth in this world which counts. Our priority should be all about reaching Heaven. There’s no need for us to become a celebrity or a worldly icon. Heaven is a level playing field. It doesn’t matter if you are a down-and-out, a huge rock star, a toilet cleaner, or the President of the United States. It’s what’s in your heart that counts, and how you go about things here on Earth. And with humility in your heart, you are far more likely to walk the Christian path through life.