EAGLES FLY. There once was an Indian brave who was walking down the trail when he discovered an eagle’s egg had fallen out of its nest. So he placed the egg in a nearby prairie chicken nest. When the egg hatched, the little eagle thought he was a prairie chicken. Prairie chickens stay on the ground and eat only worms and grubs. So, as the eagle grew, he ate nothing but worms and grubs and walked around with the other prairie chickens.
One day he looked up in the sky and saw some eagles soaring high above. He asked, “How can they fly up there while we are down here eating worms and grubs?”
The prairie chicken answered, “They are the eagles, they can do that but we must stay down here. We are prairie chickens and that is what we do.”
So the eagle spent the rest of his life flying very little and eating worms and grubs just because he was told that was all he could do (Author unknown, n.d.).
St. Paul says,
Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy (1 Cor 3:16-17).
Of all creatures, we have power to choose. We have the power to choose good over evil. If we choose the food that we like or the food that can make us healthy, why can we not make decisions that will promote healthy relationships with our families and friends? We are made in the image and likeness of God. We were created to be able to choose the things of God, for we are God’s.
Our human effort plus God’s providence make life worth living. Water is very hot at 211 degrees Fahrenheit. One degree more makes it boil and produces steam. Only one degree more makes the whole difference; and when contained, steam moves anything, like locomotives. A little more effort than what we think we can do can make the whole world moving. A little drive to our attitude will brighten the life of others. A little positive effort to serve brings joy and peace to people. A little effort in our work can bring about everyone’s accomplishment and joy to all. So, Jesus proclaims,
Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go for two miles….[and] if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? (Mt 5:41 & 46).
God expects us to do all that is possible for us to do and expects us to ask him for His help in what seems to be impossible, for nothing is impossible with God. That’s not all. Jesus tells us, “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48). Perfection is not having any fault. It is walking in the ways of the Lord and living out His commands, for He promises,
to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away (Lk 19:26).
Let the eagles in us take us to the heights of God.