Lessons From the Eagle
Christian Eagles can draw knowledge and strength from some of the attributes of a natural eagle. As we look forward towards our 2020 goals, there is wisdom that we can glean.
Scripture says: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).
This verse has been my guide for many years, lighting the course of my life. The eagle has become my symbol because of the encouragement I gain just from looking at its stance in flight.
When I look at the eagle in flight, I see greatness. I see success. I see elegance. These are attributes which serve as examples for my life, and which inspire me to keep on believing, keep on achieving, keep on climbing, and keep on expecting to reach the highest pinnacle of success attainable.
There are many similarities existing between the eagle’s life and the Christian Life, and anyone striving to reach a goal can draw from these similarities. The quoted text speaks of the wings. The eagle has a tremendously wide wingspan, and these wings attest to its strength and power. The eagle can soar through storm winds, using the force of the storm to lift it higher.
This is a very valuable lesson for an entrepreneur because many times adversity comes the moment we take a step to achieve our purpose or our goal, but we can draw from the strength within us – the strength that comes from God – and this enables us to glide through the storm without becoming overwhelmed by it. It is interesting to note that when other birds are trying to seek refuge from the storm, the eagle flies into it. As entrepreneurs, we must use the pressure of the storm: trials, temptations, afflictions etc. to lock our minds onto our purpose; this brings us to a higher altitude in life. It took me a while to appreciate trials, but I discovered that after I had gone through a testing circumstance once, I came out a stronger person.
Another point about the eagle and its wings: The eagle flies higher than any other bird. Therefore, we can take a “feather” from the eagle. When other people try to bring us down or keep us down, having confidence in who we are can cause us to lift up our heads, spread our wings out and take off. We should not allow others to bring us down to their level of thinking. Eagles do not mix with other birds. Be encouraged!
Another important eagle attribute is the eagle’s eyesight. Did you know that the eagle’s sight is 3.6 times sharper than the human’s? An eagle can see its prey from miles away and zoom down on it with amazing accuracy. This fascinates me. However, it speaks to our spiritual insight. We are able, because of our knowledge of right and wrong – knowledge of the Word of God – to spot an enemy before he/she strikes, and are thereby able to protect ourselves. This insight comes many times through experience; but sometimes people close their eyes to what they see causing them to fall into a trap. At all times, therefore, we need to use the extremely powerful inner eyes we have to avoid making bad decisions in business.
One last feature I would like to mention here is the eagle’s face. In the face of an eagle I see determination. I see confidence. I see fearlessness. These are all necessary qualities for an entrepreneur. There is a certain degree of elegance and royalty in the face of an eagle which to me speaks of greatness. Greatness – not in the sense of worldly acclaim – but in actually overcoming whatever life brings and achieving goals in spite of them.
As entrepreneurs, let us elevate our thinking, bringing it up to the mentality of royalty – not in the possession of things, but in freedom. Freedom to become who we were created to be!
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