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Lesson from an eagle.

The eagle has the longest life span of its' species. It can live up to 70 years but to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision and have some hard principles. In its 40’s, its' long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its' long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its' old aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its' chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its' nest .There the eagle knocks its' beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its' talons.  When its' new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its' old aged feathers and after five months, the eagle takes its' famous flight of rebirth and lives for more 30 years. The eagle also has strong principles during its lifetime; flying alone at high altitude, have strong vision, don’t eat dead things, they love the storm, they test before it trusts, teach their young ones on how to be prepared for thorns of life and finally it allows itself to go to hidden days to shed off its old self to attain a new life.

We can learn from the eagle seven principles.

Eagles fly alone at high altitude and not with sparrows or with other small birds: No other bird can go to the height of the eagle. When Moses went to commune with God on the mountain, he left the crowd at the foothills.  Stay away from sparrows and ravens.

Eagles have strong vision:  They have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away.  When an eagle sights his prey, it narrows its focus on it and sets out to get it.    No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move its focus from the prey until it grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

Eagles do not eat dead things: While vultures eat dead animals, eagles will not. Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially in movies and on TV. Always focus on things that bring life rather than kill it.

Eagles love the storm:  The eagle uses the storm's winds to lift it higher.  Once it finds the wing of the storm, the eagle uses the raging storm to rise above the clouds. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.

The Eagle tests before it trusts: When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig.  She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases it.  He has to catch it before it falls to the ground.  He then brings it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to chase.  This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig. This shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her. Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.

When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach:  The male makes the nest for the female. The nest is made of soft grass and covered on the outside with thorns. To make it even comfortable the male eagles plucks its feathers and spreads them on the inside of the nest. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns.  Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them.  Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for some time until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly. The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; both male and female eagle rearing the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; being pricked by the thorns teaches us to leave our comfort zone to explore more opportunities. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns. The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions there are opportunities we can exploit.

When an eagle grows old, the feathers become weak to fly fast and high heights: When an eagle feels weak and about to die, it retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, it plucks out every feather on its body until it is completely bare. It stays in this hiding place until it has grown new feathers. We occasionally need to shed off old habits and items that burden us without adding value to our lives.

Some important Lessons for us Christians from the eagle story:

Eagles fly alone: Do not follow the majority trend just because you want to be counted among them. At times, you may feel totally isolated and alone. At such times, just keep pressing forward and flying and ask God to give you His sufficient grace. You may feel totally alone, depending on the type of circumstance that God has placed on your life to prepare you for the calling.

Eagles live on higher ground: We live on higher ground as a result of our position in Jesus. And we always need to keep reminding ourselves that we are living on this higher ground, as the world will always do everything it can to try and drag us down into their lower way of living.

Eagles are extremely bold, courageous and powerful: The Bible tells us that greater is He that is in us than he who is in the world. God is calling all of us to put on His armor in order to overcome. Just like the eagle has no fear of any man, beast, or snake, the same way we should have no fear but be strong in the Lord.

Eagles are very patient: When the eagle gets old it has all the patience to wait till it feathers, claws and beak grows again. We need the patience of the eagle, especially in the type of world we now live in with everything being done at breakneck speed and people’s fuses being shortened as a result of all of the high stress that we are forced to live under.

Eagles shed off: Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. To become the best, we sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the valuable outcomes.