I read this quote a few years ago from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be." That is what I have tried to do through the Monday Memo and my purpose teaching: Inspire you to be who God created you to be, who you have always wanted to be. I have found, however, that some resemble the duck described by the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. I hope you aren't like this duck, but just to make sure you aren't, you had better read on.
The story has it that there was a duck flying with other wild ducks when they flew over some tame ducks in a barnyard. The wild duck decided to stay with these tame ducks for a while. He stayed for an hour, a day and then several months. Finally, his wild duck cohorts flew overhead one day and beckoned the wild duck to rejoin them, which he gladly did.
He found, however, that his barnyard living had made him so soft and heavy that he could not fly high enough to join his former mates. So he dropped back into the barnyard, promising that he would get in shape to join them the next time. The next time he heard them, he flapped his wings but could not even get off the ground. Finally, after many attempts, wishful thinking and a lot of broken promises, the wild duck became a domesticated bird that looked good but never went anywhere.
FLYING HIGH OR NOT AT ALL?
Did you dream of flying high at one time? Better yet, did you actually taste the heights you had determined to reach? Then where are you now? Are you still flying high or content with the safety and provision of the barnyard full of chickens and goats?
I am almost 62 years of age and I still have a lot of flying I want to do. This summer, I will release my 14th book. I now teach at the university at both the undergraduate and graduate level. I continue to produce regular Bible studies that are regularly sent to 4,000 people, as well as writing a daily devotional. I want to fly high and refuse to forsake the heights of productivity for the safety of the barnyard, with its regular rations. I listen to music that inspires me, go to places that move me and read books that engage me. I want to fly high and far and I do things that contribute to those objectives.
Flying high can be dangerous, but the view is fantastic! This week, ask yourself some tough questions. Do you talk about flying, or do you really fly? Are you content with barnyard chatter and routine, or are you ready to flap your wings to see how high and far you can go? I hope you are ready to fly and you will take others with you on the journey. I look forward to seeing you in high places. If you settle for the barnyard, we won't be meeting any time soon. Have a great week!
FLYING HIGH IN KENYA: I had a great day yesterday in Kenya and you can read about it here. It was the fulfillment of years of dreaming and working and it fits right in with what I wrote above. I hope you will take the time to read it. I also hope you will take the time to read more about all the day's activities here. (Click on the picture to read the inscription.)