Discovering Yourself


One day a boy climbing in the mountains found an eagle’s nest with an egg in it. When he got home he put it under a hen along with her other eggs. When the eagle hatched he thought he was chicken. He learned chicken behavior and scratched in the chicken yard with his ‘siblings.’

He didn’t know any better. Sometimes he felt strange stirrings with in himself but he didn’t know what to do to them so ignored or suppressed them. After all, if he was a chicken he should behave like a chicken. One day an eagle flew over the chicken yard and the eagle looked up and saw him. And that moment he realized he wanted to be like that eagle, fly high, to go to the mountain peaks he saw in the distance. As he spread his wings he suddenly understood that he was like that eagle. Though he’d never flown before, he possessed the instinct and capabilities and capabilities. At first he flew unsteadily then with greater power and control. Finally as he soared he knew he’d discover his true self; the creature God made him to be.

Phillips Brooks remarked, ‘when you discover you’ve been leading only half a life, the other half is going to haunt you until you develop it. ‘self-discovery is what Paul had in mind when he wrote, ‘it’s in Christ what he find out who we are and what we are living for.’ You were made by God and for God. Until you understand that, you life won’t make sense. It’s ‘in Christ’ that we discover our purpose, our significance and our destiny. In other words, we discover our true selves!

Courtesy of DWFT: Num 22-24, Mark 10:35-43, Ps 44:9-16, Pr 11:10-14