Selling Yourself Short


By John Grant

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2:10

So a legend says, one day a rancher saw an unbroken egg that had fallen out of an eagle’s nest. He carefully picked it up and placed it in the nest of a prairie chicken to see what would happen. In due time, the egg hatched along with all the other eggs in the nest.

The mother hen raised all the chicks in her brood to grow up and be adult prairie chickens forever looking for meager sustenance and pecking the rocky desert ground. Soon all the chicks became adults and were on their own, still pecking the bare ground.

One day the bird that didn’t look like all the rest, though he acted like all the rest, looked up and saw an eagle soaring on thermals of a hot summer day. As he looked in amazement, he thought how wonderful it would be to fly like that and went back to pecking the ground.

Are you settling for something less than God’s best for you? If so, you need to spread your wings and fly. God wants you to be all that He created you to be.

The little eagle’s mother and father kept telling him that he was a prairie chicken and trained him accordingly. As such, he never rose from the ground.

Often people and the world around us tell us that we too were meant to be less than God created us to be. He created each of us to be someone very special. Are you being all He created you to be?

We all know the Stradivarius violins to be the greatest ever made. But they weren’t made to be seen. They were made to be played. Of the some six hundred remaining, there is one on display at Oxford University, that has never been played. Lost for more than two hundred years, it remains in its original condition. Its melodious tones have never been heard by anyone and no bow has ever crossed its strings.

God created you to rise above the world and soar like an eagle. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Soar like an eagle and never resort to being a prairie chicken!

You can comment on this devotional online at:

John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

This entry was posted in Thoughts by All, thoughts by John Grant, Thoughts by Men and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.