The Seagull in Jersey - A Dose of Encouragement

While Fred has been travelling a lot these months
I had pulled out my box set of Bergerac Dvds which I had never found time to watch and settled in most evenings to watch an episode or two from this old Detective Series from the 1980s before going to bed.

First thing I had noticed was how much the young John Nettles who played the character Bergerac (he also played Chief Inspector Barnaby in Midsomer Murders in more recent years) looked like my middle son. So I had some fun teasing Daniel about that.

Then I got to thinking about the Island of Jersey where the series had been set (and filmed) realizing that even though we had once had a holiday there I didn't remember any of the sites of the island.  Of course that holiday was a long long time ago, maybe around 20 years ago.

There is one thing about that holiday that none of us will ever forget.

It has nothing to do with the sights of Jersey.

It has nothing to do with any activities that we had great fun in doing on Jersey.

My only real memory of Jersey was 


Photo credit - Pixabay

This is how I picture that seagull to always be.

I never think of it as one of those almost comical trotting birds you see as they hobble along over the sand or rocks.

I will not even imagine it in a group of seagulls like we often see hovering down ready to catch a fish in the sea.

Photo credit - Pixabay

Yes I always remember it to be

an angry bird,

who saw something,

wanted it


took it!

We were each enjoying a large ice-cream 
when this seagull swooped down out of no-where 
and stole my brother-in-law's ice-cream from his hand.

It was so sudden, so quick, it was almost unbelieveable except that we had seen it with our own eyes.

It must have been such a startling, frightening surprise for Victor as he was holding the ice-cream close to his face when it happened.

Now I can hardly see a seagull without thinking of that event.

I always view seagulls as untrustworthy, callous creatures because of that single event.

Will my impression of them ever change?

Not very likely.

Does my impression of the people I meet ever change?
Does that bad impression stay with me forever?


Does another person's impressions of me ever change?
Does that bad impression stay with them forever?

I hope not.

Sometimes it may be difficult to shrug off those impressions because of further meetings or time spent with a person if there is more evidence of their behaviour being similar to the first time.

Sometimes it may be easy to change our minds and see someone in a better light because of getting to know them better and seeing different facets of their behaviour.

But for most of us most of the time those bad impressions are hard to forget.

So do I want to be remembered like

Do I want to be seen as the one who saw something, wanted it, and stole it away?

Did I steal someone's ice-cream?

Do I want to be seen as the one who had to be better than others?

Do I want to be seen as the one who knew more than others?

Do I want to be seen as the one who is more important than others?

Do I want to be seen as the one who stole the attention from others?

Do I want to be seen as the one who was jealous of others?

Because that's what it may boil down to - us simply being jealous.

So we feel the need
  • to say something to show we know more than others
  • to do something that makes us appear better than others
  • to do something to draw the attention away from others
  • to speak of someone to make them appear less worthy than us 

We need to steal away, from them, the favour we want for ourselves.

Do we want all the favour for ourselves?

Truthfully, within us, we can all be jealous of others 
but if we recognise this human failing in ourselves
and then determinedly step away from it 
and do not act on it in any way; 
we can defeat that jealousy, 
conquer that jealousy 
be more like the person God has created us to be.


  1. Mmm this is good! My impression of certain people in my life has been negative lately... because of my first impressions. Thanks for the reminder that I wouldn't want to be judged on just one encounter- and neither should I judge on just one!

  2. Those blasted seagulls! And poor Victor! Thanks for this encouragement to guard my heart of jealousy so I can represent Christ well to others. Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. You do well to draw us in with a sweet story (I laughed out loud at the seagull) and then BAM important life lesson. Great stuff.

  4. I realize this was shocking to your brother-in-law, but it also made me smile. Just like little children grabbing someone else's toy. My dog is like that. He refuses to share his toys with any other dog. We were dog sitting my daughters dog, who also loves dog toys, and he grabbed and took off with one of Luke's squeaky toys. Luke gave chase and quickly retrieved his possession. We must be mature in Christ and exercise our Godly wisdom to never grab and steal what is not ours. Thank you for this great story shared here at Tell me a Story.

  5. First impressions. I was always taught to keep my actions in check because first impressions will always be remembered. Seagulls are vicious little critters. We had a huge flock of them after my son's sandwich when he was about 8 years old. While we laugh about it now, at that time it was like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie The Birds. Thanks for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

  6. Such a sad story (about the ice cream), but you have redeemed it, for sure! Thanks for your good insights.

  7. I have a very bad impression of a seagull. When I was young it pooped, and well, let's just say my head was in the way. So.....but I pray my first impression of people are not negative, and that I never just by a first one. Thank you for sharing at Weekend Whispers.

  8. Seagulls are gutsy creatures- have seen them do similar things where we live near the ocean. Thanks for sharing your insights. #livefree

  9. Hi! Joining you from Thought Provoking Thursdays. I appreciate your good points about us and seagulls - grabbing...taking..impressions given and taken. Blessings!

  10. Anonymous20:27

    Yes, I know sea gulls to be thiefs of other people's food:)

  11. Very thoughtful post

  12. Anonymous23:51

    Do you've got a critical chewer in your palms?