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 - Isaiah 40:31 NIV
I remember when I was younger, I use to be outside playing and would stop and look at the birds soaring high in the sky and wish that I could do the same (this is ironic since I am afraid of heights). I use to dream of accomplishing great things and being able to soar to heights like the birds that I admired when I was a youth. Then something happened: I grew up. I bought into the negative thoughts that society fed me whenever I shared my dreams. I gobbled up all the negative images and words that were given by others when I shared my goals and aspirations: you can't become an entrepreneur, you can't be a speaker, you'll never write a book. The list goes on and on. Over time, I just grew to accept what was saying as true and settled in to live a life according to other's standards.
I know that this experience resonates with a number of you reading this today. I hope that you are as uncomfortable reading it as I am writing it. It's a shame that we, as children of God, would limit ourselves to the things that we can accomplish because we "grew" up. How many of you know that you were created for something more? How many of you know that there is something residing within you that is struggling to get out and you keep suppressing it? What is your calling that you want and know that you must fulfill, yet are still trudging along instead of spreading your wings and flying? Like the eagle , I am returning back to my days as I child to where I dreamed of soaring like a bird. That's why I am committed to growing this resource and helping my fellow men unlock the power within them. I don't want any of you to be like the eagle in the story that I read recently that was written by Gary Barnes that I share below:
Once upon a time, at a large mountainside there was an eagle nest with 4 large eagle eggs inside. One day, an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down to a chicken farm that was located in the valley below. In time, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Being chickens, the chickens raised the eagle to be a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family but it seemed his spirit cried out for more. One day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring. “Oh,” the eagle cried, “I wish I could soar like those birds.” The chickens roared with laughter, “You cannot soar like those. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar.” The eagle continued staring at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be like them. Each time the eagle talked about his dream, he was told it couldn't be done. That was what the eagle learned to believe. After time, the eagle stopped dreaming and continued to live his life as a chicken. Finally, after living a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away never fulfilling what it was he was called to be. Do not, I repeat do not, end up like the eagle in this story! Whatever it takes for you to break out of your doldrums and soar like the eagle that God intended, you must do it!
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.