The Eagle And The Chickens: Uncovering Your True Identity


I once read an interesting story about a farmer who found a young eagle that had fallen out of its nest. Feeling sorry for the injured bird, he brought it home and left it in the barnyard together with his chickens. It did not take long for the king of the birds to regain strength and grow. But confined to the barnyard, it had adopted the behaviors and eating habits of the chickens.

An environmentalist passed by the farm one day and, noticing the majestic bird, asked the farmer what the eagle was doing among the chickens. The farmer replied that the eagle had never learned how to fly. It had been surrounded by chickens, eaten like a chicken and behaved like a chicken and was therefore no longer an eagle.

“But its true identity is still that of an eagle,” said the environmentalist, “and it can be taught how to fly.” He took the bird in his hands, raised it toward the sky and said, “You belong to the sky. Spread your wings and fly.” The eagle looked around, and seeing the chickens eating their food, jumped down and joined them. Not giving up easily, the environmentalist brought the bird up with him on the farmhouse rooftop, held it high and told it, “You are not a chicken. You’re an eagle. Spread your wings and fly.” But the eagle, fearful and unaware of its identity and potential, jumped down once again and joined the chickens.

Finally, the environmentalist brought the eagle to a mountain. Holding the bird up above his head, he urged, “You’re an eagle! Spread your wings and fly.” The eagle looked around in search of the barnyard, but then caught a glimpse of the sun peeking through the clouds. With eyes firmly fixed on the sun appearing through the parting clouds, the eagle slowly began to spread his wings. Then with an exultant screech it soared effortlessly into the sky far above all chickens and other earthly things. The eagle found its true identity and purpose with its eyes on the brightness of the sun.

You are not meant to be less than what you were created for. Living unaware of your “Christ” identity will always lead to frustration, insecurity and a lack of genuine fulfillment and happiness. God’s life is your life. You are “God’s masterpiece… created anew in Christ.”

You are designed to stretch your wings and soar far above all insecurity, fear, depression and guilt. With your eyes on “light of the world”, you can let go of the past and step into a new way of being in the “heavenly places in Christ.”

This is a brief excerpt from David Youngren’s latest book, Unravel Love’s Mystery

David Youngren is an international speaker and the founder of Juma’s World (a charity working with children in Tanzania.) His latest book, Awakening To I Am Love: How Finding Your True self Transforms Your Wellbeing, Relationships, and What You Do was published in November 2019.

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