Living on Purpose: The Chicken Who Believed It Was an Eagle – Harlan Enterprise


OThen there was a young eaglet who accidentally fell from the safety of its nest high on the mountain.

Miraculously, he fell into a patch of soft grass and survived. He tripped out in the open and a farmer saw him, took him to the farm and put him in a coop with the other chickens.

Since the eagle had not yet discovered its true identity, it began to observe other birds and naturally followed their habits and did what they did. So many people have been wrongly influenced into trying to be like others, and it has ruined their lives for some. He grew stronger and more beautiful every day, but he had not yet discovered the revelation of who he was and what he was called to be.

One day a man from a zoo came to the farm when he heard of an eagle reared like a chicken. The farmer explained that the bird was no longer an eagle; he was now a chicken because that was all he had ever known. However, the zookeeper knew the bird had the heart and soul of a noble eagle and was never meant to live on the ground. He had to be unbridled and hover in the clouds. He lifted the eagle onto a fence and told it to fly. The eagle took one look at the cozy chicken coop, jumped off the fence, and continued doing what chickens do. The man returned the next day realizing the eagle was born for something much bigger – he just had to know! This time he carried the eagle to the roof of the farmhouse and again told it to spread its wings and fly. The big bird looked at the man, then went back down to the chicken coop, and gracefully back down to be with his friends.

The man was now more engaged than ever and said he would return the next day and prove that the eagle was truly the most majestic, powerful, dignified and majestic raptor in the world. The farmer shook his head and said, “He is what he thinks.” The next morning the man took the eagle up the mountain and climbed as high as he could. With an eight-foot wingspan and razor-sharp talons, the eagle perched on his arm and the man pointed high in the sky. He said, “Eagle, you belong to heaven and not to earth. Stretch your wings and fly. This time the eagle looked up into the bright sun, straightened its body, and spread its wings. He puffed out his chest and you could see the dignity and strength rising in him. His wings moved slowly at first, then with more power and confidence. Suddenly, with a mighty scream, he launched himself into the open air and began to fly towards the sun. The eagle finally realized who he was and never returned to an average, ordinary life of mediocrity.

The eagle by nature flies high and independent and does not follow a flock. They have a clear vision, are very strong and choose where they want to go. Skilled hunters decide what and when they eat, which is why they are classified as birds of prey. On the other hand, the domesticated chicken symbolizes that which is limited and dependent on others. As a tingling and scratching ground dweller, it is weak and vulnerable to predators. They are quite content to eat and sleep and be cared for. That’s not to say that chickens can’t understand and reason, but the analogy indicates an attitude of complacency. Attributes such as intelligence, emotional sensitivity, talent, and charismatic personality are not what keep someone trapped in the slavery of a survival mentality. It’s not knowing who they are and refusing to do what it takes to become all they were called to be. Barriers of low self-esteem and lack of confidence must be overcome as each individual decides the level of success they wish to achieve. I use the word decide because the mind has to be trained, and only the person who wants to change can change the course of his destiny. Thank God for those who recognize our potential and encourage us to fly because they love us.


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