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Not Made for the Ordinary

Author: David Arnold

Some boys, climbing in the high cliffs along the shore of Nova Scotia, came upon an eagle’s nest, finding some baby eagles.

They took one home with them, and placed it with a mother hen and her tiny chicks. As the little eaglet grew, he began to stand alone in the barnyard looking up toward the sun. He kept trying his wings, flopping along the ground. One day, as he was standing in the sunlight as usual, another eagle flew over. The pet eagle became strangely frustrated, he unfolded his wings, and with a strong cry, he rose from the ground, higher and higher, disappearing from sight. He discovered that he was not made for the barnyard, to spend his life scratching in the dirt. His place was up in the sky. He was not made for the ordinary.1

“They will soar on wings like eagles,” (Isaiah 40:31, New International Version).

“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.”2

1. How to Preach Without Notes, Charles Koller, p. 173 –

2. E. E. Cummings –

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