Saturday, October 15, 2011

What if they don't believe?

2 months or so ago, we asked ourselves the question "Who are you?" As God will have it, a week earlier I received this piece - Today's word from Joel & Victoria Osteen - and it tied nicely with that question (comments & italics mine).

Scripture: “What if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?” (Romans 3:3, KJV)

So often, people allow the opinions of others to hold them back and water down their dreams. We have to realize, there will always be critics and naysayers in life. One of the most important things you can learn is that other people don’t have to believe in you in order for your dreams to come to pass. Other people don’t set the limits for your life — you do. It’s not what others say about you that affects your life, but what you say and believe about yourself. In today’s verse, the apostle Paul is saying, “It doesn’t matter if other people don’t believe. Their unbelief is not going to keep me from believing in my dreams.” When God puts a promise in your heart, it’s not up to other people to bring it to pass, it’s up to you!

You don’t need everyone to validate you. You have to follow the voice of God for yourself and allow Him to order your steps.

Today, know that God sees the hidden treasures inside of you. He wants to bring those treasures out and make your dreams reality. As you get rid of the old, defeated thoughts and replace them with what God says about you, you will remove the limits so you can live the abundant life God has in store for you!
EW: We are empowered to "deal" with (& displace) others' disbelief when we can hear (& heed) God's voice (see:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

“You know some­thing, we’re eagles, we’re not chickens.”

There was a farmer out in the forest and he heard gunshots. He walked to where the shots were fired and found on the ground two eagles lying there. Somebody shot both of those eagles.

As he stood there, all of a sudden he heard a little noise and he looked up and there was a nest up above. You could hear little eagles in the nest. So he climbed up that tree and looked in the nest to find two little eaglets. He didn’t know what to do so he put them in his pocket and climbed back down the tree and went back home.

He was trying to figure out what he should do with the baby eagles so he said to himself, “I’ll just put them in with the chickens.” He took them out to the chicken coop and put those eagles there.

As time went on they grew a little bit and one day they were talking with each other in eagle language. And one said to the other, “You know, we’re different. We don’t look like them.” Then the other one said, “Don’t be talking like that. We’re chickens. I talked to some of those chickens and they told us that we’re chickens. So don’t be talking like that.”

Time went on and they grew a little bit. Pretty soon one came back and said, “You know, we are really different.” The other said, “Just shut up! They taught us how to crow, we flap our wings like they do, we walk like they do, we do everything like they do. We’re chickens.”

Summer came and one of the eagles went walk­ing down a path and kind of strayed away from the flock. As he got into the forest a little bit he began to hear laughter. It was a really hard, gut-bar­rel laughter. He looked up to see an owl sitting in a tree. So the eagle looked up at the owl and said, “What are you laughing at?”

The owl kept on laughing and he said, “I’m laughing because you’re acting like a chicken. You’re an eagle but you’re acting just like a chick­en.” But right away the eagle says, No, “I’m a chick­en.”
“No,” said the owl, “you’re an eagle!” The owl couldn’t convince him so finally the owl flew down and landed by the eagle land he said, “I want you to get on my back and hang on.”
So he got on the back of that owl and the owl took off down the runway and made elevation and started riding the air cur­rents.

Pretty soon the owl was way up in the sky. He said to his passenger, the eagle, “This is you. You soar with the wind. You look way out. You can fly higher than anything.”

The eagle is hanging on the owl and he’s so scared of the height and he’s saying, “No, I’m a chicken, I’m a chicken. Get me back down. By then the owl is getting ready and he says, “I really hate to do this to you but I’ve got to do it.” The owl just flipped over.

The eagle went tumbling through the air and the owl dived down alongside the eagle and he said, “Spread your wings, spread your wings.”

“I can’t, I cant.”

“Spread your wings!”

But pretty soon the eagle started to put out his wings and the wind started to catch them, and all of a sudden…all of a sudden, he just started soar­ing. He couldn’t believe that he was soaring. He was just amazed.

After a while he landed and went back to the chicken coop and the other eagle was still sitting in there. He was trying to snag those chickens, and all that stuff. Making the moves and compet­ing with the roosters, but the other eagle said, “Brother, come over here.” He whispered into his ear and he said, “You know some­thing, we’re eagles, we’re not chickens.”

But then the other eagle got indignant and said, “Oh no! Don’t you be talking like that. They trained us, they told us what we are. I can do it really good. I can be a chicken really good.” “No,” the other eagle said, “that’s not who we are.” They argued a little bit and the one who had flown said, “I want you to come for a walk with me.” He took his brother for a walk and met the owl, and together they put him on the owl and up they went, riding the air currents, just like the other time. Pretty soon the owl flipped over and down came the eagle with his wings out. He began to soar. And he learned. He learned that he, too was an eagle.

Personally, my take-aways (and give-aways) from this story are:

 You never know what (and how much) you can do until you try.
Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to fly.
The fact that you have never flown doesn't mean you can never fly
... you need to be willing to try. 
Get ready to spread those wings and fly...
no-one can do your flying for you
You can achieve great heights - when you spread your wings. Woman! Just go for

Can you?

That is a question that comes up now and leaders we need to help those around us give the right answer.