Sunday, January 28, 2007


"An eagle does not roost in a sparrows nest." Joseph Parker

"Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and His understanding no one can fathom. He give strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, thy will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 41:28-31.

"You and I, as born again believers, ought to be like the eagle, never content to roost in a sparrows nest. God has designed and empowered us to be like the eagle. Each day it is possible to reach another unknown height. Moment by moment, experiences of growth and adventure in walking by faith can be ours. Yet, it is evident that many Christians have settled into a sparrows nest...It is easier to talk about climbing than to climb. It is easier to "chew the fat" than to walk it off...We can climb onward and upward like the eagle...On the top of the mountain you will find those who are encouragers. It is so good to be on top of the mountain. The air is clear, the vision is great. That feeling of exhilaration surges through you when you know you have done everything possible to fulfill the potential God has given you." Think on These Things. - John Maxwell.

There are moments when it would be easy to quit...especially getting in shape physically. It is amazing how many people have something to say about our outward appearance...and yet not too many people seem concerned if we stop growing spiritually. I guess the physical is easy to see and to "judge," but only God truly knows the heart. It is easier to just go through life - to settle for roosting at the bottom - to even discourage those who want to reach the heights, or at least offer sympathy for those who find the climb too hard. I want more, and I want to challenge others to be more. I have a friend who pushed us as a church staff to exercise. We would go to a local toboggan slide and climb the stairs to get in shape. Give me that kind of determination to take others up the hill spiritually like she takes others up the hill physically.

"Finally we arrive at the top. It is less crowded now, but the caliber of those who make it is different. You have soared like the eagle. You have seen too much to be satisfied with less." Think on These Things. John Maxwell.

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