05 Jan MADE TO SOAR 1
“YOU WERE MADE TO SOAR IN SUCCESS AND SIGNIFICANCE AND NOT TO BARELY SURVIVE IN LIFE OR STRUGGLE FOR SUSTENANCE” RSD
There is a need for us to know who we really are and the capacity that was embedded in us at creation. Most people allow people, environment, cultures, challenges, family background, academic qualifications, religious beliefs, economic circumstances to put a limitation on their inherent abilities. Some people even limit themselves because of their small dreams, visions and ambitions when they have the potential to become a global phenomenon with outstanding relevance and impact in their industry and in life generally. Hence, there is a need to get a very sound perspective of our abilities so that we can maximally fulfill our God ordained purpose in life.
All creatures are designed to express their full potentials even though they are meant to start life on a smaller scale or phase. For instance every human starts as a fetus or an embryo. The same is applicable to all other animals. Hence, there is an elephant in a calf, frog in a tadpole, lion in a cub, duck in a duckling, dog in a pup, bear in a cub, gorilla and baboon in an infant, antelope in a calf, bird in a chick, butterfly in a caterpillar, cat in a kitten and an eagle in an eaglet.
There was a story about an eaglet who thought it was a chicken. When the eaglet was very small, it fell from the safety of its nest. A chicken farmer found the eaglet, brought it to the farm, and raised it in a chicken coop among his many chickens .The eaglet grew up doing what chickens do, living like a chicken, and believing it was a chicken. A naturalist came to the chicken farm to see if what he had heard about eagle acting like a chicken was really true. He knew that an eagle is king of the sky. He was surprised to see the eagle strutting around the chicken coop, pecking at the ground, and acting very much like a chicken. The farmer explained to the naturalist that this bird was no longer an eagle. He was now a chicken because he had been trained to be a chicken and he believed that it was a chicken.
The naturalist knew there was more to this great bird than its actions showed as it “pretended” to be a chicken. It was born an eagle and had the heart of an eagle, and nothing could change that. The man lifted the eagle onto the fence surrounding the chicken coop and said, “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The eagle moved slightly, only to look at the man; then it glanced down at its home among the chickens in the chicken coop where it was comfortable. He jumped off the fence and continued doing what chickens do. The farmer was satisfied. “I told you it was a chicken,” he said.
The naturalist returned the next day and tried again to convince the farmer and the eagle that the eagle was born for something greater. He took the eagle to the top of the farmhouse and spoke to it: “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The large bird looked at the man, then again down into the chicken coop. It jumped from the man’s arm onto the roof of the farmhouse. Knowing what eagles are really about, the naturalist asked the farmer to let him try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that this bird was an eagle. The farmer, convinced otherwise, said, “It is a chicken.”
The naturalist returned the next morning to the chicken farm and took the eagle and the farmer some distance away to the foot of a high mountain. They could not see the farm nor the chicken coop from this new setting. The man held the eagle on his arm and pointed high into the sky where the bright sun was beckoning above. He spoke: “Eagle, thou art an eagle! Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” This time the eagle stared skyward into the bright sun, straightened his large body, and stretched his massive wings. His wings moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty screech of an eagle, it flew and soared in the sky.
Likewise, as an individual, there is more to your life than your current level. Where you are at the moment may be good; perhaps because of some of your achievements. But there is still more to your destiny and potentials than what you have or where you are. Right now, you may be an employee when God designed you to be an employer of labor. You may presently own a shop or a small office complex when God had designed that you should run conglomerates. It’s high time you soared and not get comfortable with your current status like the story of the ‘eagle chicken’.
A very critical strategy to embrace that will empower you to soar and fulfill destiny is to see yourself as a creature of purpose distinct from others. The eagle never realized that it was different from the chickens. You have a very unique potential and destiny that is different from other people in this world even if you are in the same trade or line of industry with them. Never define yourself by their standards or limit yourself to their achievements. You are a star in your own class and you are meant to shine at your best. When you see yourself differently, it will motivate you to soar higher in life instead of struggling to survive in life like most people do.
In conclusion, remember that you are a creature of a creator who delights in ensuring that your life experiences ultimate satisfaction. Hence, He gave you the best gift of himself by paying the price of sin which is the greatest limiting factor for the ultimate realization of man’s potentials and dreams. That was why the psalmist appreciated God with these words: Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits — Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases, Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, SOARING] Ps 103:2-5 AMP.
Kindly surrender your life to Christ if you haven’t. Just accept Jesus as your Lord and savior and you will be empowered to become everything that God intends for you to be.
©Ralph Segun Dada 2018