A One-of-a-Kind Original

Posted on: 7-15-112016

Have you ever heard the story about the young eagle who was raised by chickens?  As he grew older, he started to think that he may be different than all of the other chickens, try as he might to fit in.  One day, he saw an eagle gliding through the clouds with its wings spread wide.  Immediately, he had a stirring in his heart.  He wanted to soar through the sky as this eagle was doing.  He shared his desire with the chickens in the barnyard and they laughed at him and reminded him that chickens don’t fly in that manner.  The eagle decided they were right and tried to continue living his life conforming to their way of life.  However, deep inside the yearning to spread his wings and fly across the sky grew stronger and stronger.  One day, he decided that he was going to fly no matter what the other chickens said.  They may laugh at him, but he didn’t care any longer.  He knew that he was born to soar and soar is what he was going to do.  He no longer wanted to conform to the thoughts and opinions around him…he wanted to what he was born to do!

Many of us are trying to fit into the world around us as the eagle was trying to do in the chicken coop.  We have a stirring in our heart that we were created to do so much more than just exist in this life living day to day with no purpose.  We feel the call within us to stand out instead of blend in.  We know that we were born to not only be different, but to make a difference.  We know deep down that we were created to be set apart, to look different than the rest of the world.  God has created each of us individually and uniquely.  Each one of us is an original, divinely orchestrated to fulfill the plans God has created us for.  One of my favorite songs is “Thank You Jesus” by Hillsong and one of my favorite lines in the song says, “You’ve entered my heart, You’ve set me apart…”.  God has set each one of us apart.   He has plans for us that are our own.  Every detail of our lives has been created with divine purpose.  God has given you your very own calling and no one else can carry it out the way you can.  What is it that stirs up a yearning in you?  What is it that ignites your passion?  Don’t be afraid to be different than those around you…you were created to be a one-of-a-kind original.

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart…” Jeremiah 1:5




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