You may be asking yourself many questions as you end this year to head into a new one. Will this year be better? Will I be better? How can I improve myself? How will I survive financially? But, the question you should be asking yourself is Will I be a turkey or an eagle? Let me explain.
An eagle egg was accidentally left among a herd of turkeys. The little eagle hatched and began his life as a turkey, never knowing his true origin. Every day, he learned to walk like a turkey, gobble like a turkey, and his wings were never outstretched.
As it happened, an eagle was soaring high above in the sky within the viewpoint of the eagle/turkey. The other turkeys said, “Don’t worry about that eagle. We don’t fly. We gobble and we waddle here close to the ground.” But, the eagle/turkey couldn’t help but feel that there was more to his life. You see, he had spent so much time among the turkeys that he lived like a turkey. He was capable of soaring, but he would never try because he never thought of himself as more than a turkey.
An important question we must ask ourselves is are we turkeys or are we eagles? As children of God, we are meant to soar high above the turkeys of this earth. And when we choose to live a life of defeat, we look just as silly as an eagle going “gobble gobble.”
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans that I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a future and a hope.”
Many eagles have existed throughout time. These are people who chose to look beyond their limitations and their struggles. The eagle in the story had the one thing he needed to soar: wings. As Christians, we have everything we need for success: Jesus Christ.
And sometimes, when these eagles take the opportunity to thrive in the midst of struggles, the pessimistic turkeys will say, “No, you can’t.”
Louis Zamperini endured a plane crash, being stranded at sea, being tortured in a prison camp, and depression that followed these events. When he gained Christ, he was able to inspire the masses with a message of “Don’t give up! Don’t give in!”
George Washington Carver faced racial prejudice as a southern black man of the nineteenth and twentieth century. This did not stop him from living out Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He was a revolutionary inventor who transformed farming through some of the smallest objects, such as a simple peanut and sweet potato.
So, are you a turkey or an eagle? Will you rise above your circumstances in 2015 and soar like an eagle? Or will you remain in your old, turkey ways, fearing to be different? Will you let depression and guilt hold you back? Will you give up and give in to the temptations that have entangled you for so long? Or will you take the smallest truths and allow them to transform your life? It can begin with a peanut of hope that will transform your 2015. Allow God to strengthen your wings and be an eagle.