You Were Meant to Soar

By: Hammond Iles on June 22nd, 2016

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You Were Meant to Soar

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In his book, Run With the Horses, Eugene Peterson shares how a bird teaches its young to fly.

Three young swallows were perched on a dead branch that stretched out over a lake."One adult swallow got alongside the chicks and started shoving them out toward the end of the branch—pushing, pushing, pushing... The end one fell off.

Somewhere between the branch and the water below, the wings started working and the fledgling was off on his own. Then the second one. The third one, however, was not to be bullied. At the last possible moment, his grip on the branch loosened just enough so that he swung downward, then tightened again, bulldog tenacious. The parent pecked at the desperately clinging talons until it was more painful for the chick to hang on than risk the insecurities of flying. The grip was released and the wings began pumping. The mature swallow knew what the chick did not—that it would fly—that there was no danger in making it do what it was designed to do."

Peterson writes, "Birds have feet and can walk. Birds have talons and can grasp a branch securely. They can walk; they can cling. But flying is their characteristic action and not until they fly are they living at their best, gracefully and beautifully. Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born. It is the action that was designed into us before our birth. Some people try desperately to hold on to themselves, to live for self. They look so bedraggled and pathetic doing it, hanging on to the dead branch of selfishness and self-centeredness, afraid to risk themselves on the untried wings of giving. Yet many people don't think they can live generously because they have never tried."

I believe we were created to live generously – to soar.

That means giving of our time, talent, and treasure. It also means giving yourself permission to crush the fears, explore the possibilities, defeat the doubts, overpower the pessimists, and take a leap of faith to be who you dream of being and do what you dream of doing—no matter who you are, what your age, gender, culture, or boundaries.

This week, will you consider finding a way to live generously? It may push you out of your comfort zone at first, but after you try it, notice how you feel. To soar is to LIVE MORE and GIVE MORE. Try it. Send me a message to let me know what you did!

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