For a change of pace, here's a thought-provoking legend that comes from native American legend. If you're like me, it will keep you thinking.
The Changeling Eagle
All his life, the changeling eagle--thinking he was a prairie chicken--did what prairie chickens did.
He scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. He clucked and cackled. He flew around in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers, but never more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that's how prairie chickens were supposed to fly.
Years passed and the changeling eagle grew very old.
One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. Hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful wind currents, it soared with barely a beat of its strong golden wings.
"What a beautiful bird!" said the changeling eagle to his neighbor. "What is it?"
"That's an eagle, the chief of all the birds," the neighbor clucked. "But don't give it a second thought. You could never be like him."
The changeling eagle took his neighbor's advice and never gave it another thought. Eventually he died, still thinking he was a prairie chicken.
This simple tale speaks to my heart. How about yours?
For us as parents, it's a powerful story, because where do kids usually acquire their self-image? Especially in the early years?
Always, the answer is, at home. From moms and dads, brothers and sisters, grandmas and grandpas and other adults in their lives.
That tale applies to you and me as individuals, too. Every now and then it's good to ask ourselves where we got the picture of ourselves we carry around inside--whether it blesses or burns--and whether it's an accurate read on who we really are.
If you still struggle to measure up to--or live down--that old image, here's a news flash. Parents can be wrong. Even if they were right at the time, people grow and change over the years. What's more, Jesus Christ makes us new people.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. --2 Cor. 5:17 (ESV)
What picture are we giving our kids of who they are and of their potential as individuals created by a loving Creator?
The point is not that they become President, but rather that they consider themselves able to reach big goals if they pay the price. (Usually that's spelled w-o-r-k.)
Please know I'm not hinting something needs to change in your family or in you. It's just worth thinking about so we don't get stuck in our known, comfortable ruts.
That could keep us "scratching and clucking" when we were made to fly...
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