Are you living as a chicken when God made you an eagle?

“In what area of your life might you be living as a chicken when God, in reality, has made you an eagle?” Peter Scazzero asks. It’s a good question, don’t you think?

Scazzero’s question came on the heels of his sharing a snippet of Tony de Mello’s story about the eagle and the chickens. Paraphrased, the story is as follows. One day a man finds an egg (eagle) and puts it in the nest of a hen. The eagle egg hatches and the eagle grows up among the chickens. One day the eagle looks up into the sky and admires this magnificent creature. His curiosity forces him to ask the question, “What is that?” To which he is told, “That’s an eagle, the king of the birds.” The eagle, though curious, did not understand that he, too, was an eagle and thus lived and died a chicken. 1

As I am in the journey of learning to soar, of finding my new place in God’s invitation to follow him, I am struck once again by how easy it is to stay right where we are, admiring, perhaps even longing for more, but never taking a step to move ourselves out…to stretch our wings and see what might happen.

The eagle in de Mello’s story had wings, had what it took for more, if only he understood that reality.

Friends, is it time for a recalibration in your life? Pull out your journal and write these questions down, reflecting on them this coming week and month.

Who am I called to be? Where am I invited to be, right now? How am I invited to continue showing up in the world? How do I want to live so I can be the person God created me to be and knows me to be – which is, in the end, who I want to be? 2

Good questions can serve us well by helping us to mine for the clarity we so desperately long for. Let’s not be, please let’s not be, men and women who admire from afar what we’re called to be. Let us not miss the invitation to show up in our world and make a difference by being who we’re created to be.

Is there any area of your life where living not as you were created to be? If so, what are you going to do about it?

 

  1. Peter Scazzero, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2018), 55.
  2. Ruth Haly Barton, Invitation to Retreat (Downers Grove: IVP Books), 2018.

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