A beautiful Cardinal was offered some of his favorite food for feathers. He thought that the daily routine of searching for flower-buds, seeds, berries, fruit, and an occasional insect wasn't all that bad, but now it was time to do something different.

The Cardinal decided to give up two of his beautiful red feathers to eat a delicious meal. The first day went well so he went back and traded again. He began to spend his time going to the beach, playing in birdbaths, and relaxing in the sun. He thought he had missed the brighter side of life by being so involved in the monotony of responsibility. In the back of his mind though, he kept hearing a small voice warning him it, but he was just having fun.

After a time, it became difficult for him to fly—but it didn't matter. He simply started walking to get his food and stayed close to his food supply. One day the Cardinal looked at himself in the mirror. His beautiful red feathers were gone and he looked old and ugly. He frantically flapped his wings, but could not fly. Now hungry, but no one was willing to give a featherless bird food. He had given away his power to fly and was earth-bound and limited.

You are not content if your perspectives out of whack. Contentment is the byproduct of aligning your priorities according to God's will and purpose for your life. Make it your first concern.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Matthew 6:33.