Design with a Purpose


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Fly Like an Eagle


Every since I was a little girl, I’ve had an affinity for birds.  I used to watch them intently, marveling at their beauty and how effortlessly they soared through the gigantic Houston skies.  When I was in 4th grade, while walking to school one day I noticed an injured bird on the sidewalk unable to fly.  Completely oblivious to the fact that birds could carry diseases, I picked up the injured bird and carried it to school.  Upon arrival, I gave the bird to my principal, who politely, yet reluctantly, placed it in a box and assured me that he would get help for my injured friend.  To this day, every time I see a bird, whether a cattle egret, blue jay, or cardinal, I am filled with childlike joy and cannot help but smile (it may sound cheesy, but it’s true).  When I smile at the creation, I am reminded of the Creator and this scripture comes to mind:

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?” — Matthew 6:26 (NKJV)

So even though birds are majestically beautiful and free to soar the infinite skies of the world, God values me more than them.  Now that’s pretty awesome!  Interestingly enough, we were designed to fly too!  Not literally of course, but metaphorically.  We were created to soar and be the best version of ourselves that we can be.

There is a chapter in T.D. Jakes’ book, “Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive,” in which he discusses possessing the “instinct to fly.”  He uses the analogy of a mother eagle pushing her eaglets out of the nest to illustrate that sometimes we need to be pushed out of our comfort zones in order to achieve our dreams and fulfill our life’s purpose.  Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“When a mother eagle senses instinctively that her eaglets are ready to fly, she disrupts the nest with her beak pushing them out with an eviction notice that seems so cruel . . . The mother obviously is not being cruel to her little birds, instead she is pushing them into the uncomfortable place of discovery.  She knows that the nest was only the crossroads through which they would grow and develop.  If they sat in the temporary, it would be at the expense of the permanent.”

Wow, I had to pause for a moment after reading that.  Talk about being deep and thought provoking!  Like the eaglets, we all go through stages in our lives when we must be “pushed out of our nests” to grow and mature into the best version of ourselves—the person of purpose God created us to be.

Are you being pushed out of the nest?  If not, what steps are you taking to prepare yourself for flight?  I would like to challenge everyone out there, myself included, to be the best you that you can be.  Let us not be consumed with trying to be the next “somebody else;” instead, let us focus on becoming who we were meant to be.  There will never be another youYou are a divine original uniquely fashioned by God, so be yourself, get out the nest, and fly like an eagle!

p.s. If you started singing Seal’s song, “Fly Like an Eagle,” that was featured in the movie Space Jam after reading this blog post (I know I did, lol), listen to it here!

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