31 August 2013

Who You Really Are

While walking through the forest one day, a child found a young eagle who had fallen out of his nest. He took it home and put it in his barnyard where it soon learned to eat and behave like the chickens. 

One day a man passed by the farm and asked why it was that the king of all birds should be confined to live in the barnyard with the chickens. The child replied that since he had given it chicken feed and trained it to be a chicken, it had never learned to fly. Since it now behaved as the chickens, it was no longer an eagle.

"Still it has the heart of an eagle," replied the man, "and can surely be taught to fly." He lifted the eagle toward the sky and said, "You belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth your wings and fly." The eagle, however, was confused. He did not know who he was, and seeing the chickens eating their food, he jumped down to be with them again.

The man took the bird to the roof of the house and urged him again, saying, "You are an eagle. Stretch forth your wings and fly." But the eagle was afraid of his unknown self and world and jumped down once more for the chicken food.

Finally the man took the eagle out of the barnyard to a high mountain. There he held the king of the birds high above him and encouraged him again, saying, “You are an eagle. You belong to the sky. Stretch forth your wings and fly!" The eagle looked up to the sky. Then the man lifted him straight towards the sun and it happened that the eagle began to tremble. Slowly he stretched his wings, and with a triumphant cry, soared away into the heavens, never to return to the barnyard again.

You Have Treasure on the Inside of You

Isaiah 40:31 But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

You were created to be free and to soar like an eagle in life. The great adventure of life is to be embraced, enjoyed and to never be taken for granted. Life is magnificent and a gift from God that He has given us in his goodness. When a believer presses into God and places their hope and trust in Him, we are promised that we will renew our strength and soar like eagles.

Sadly many are intentionally doing life with chickens, ducks, geese, seagulls and turkeys, when inside we have the heart of an eagle to achieve greatness. People who do not want to change, live in fear, anxiety, addictions and only speak negativity will never lift us high in life.

Bad company corrupts good character, every time. We are the product of our environment and will imitate in word and action who we hang around. That is not to suggest we are to write off anyone and never be their friends. But who you allow to speak into your life and your inner circle will indirectly and subconsciously shape your destiny.

It is not too late to be all that God created you to be! You have treasure on the inside of you. How you see yourself directly impacts every area of life, for as a man thinks in his heart so is he. Believe today that you are a eagle in life, who soars above the storms of life. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17).