Are you a Turkey Buzzard?

“I’m told that if you put a turkey buzzard in a pen that is 8’ x 8’ and is entirely open at the top, the bird, while we know it can fly, will remain a prisoner in that pen. The reason is that a massive bird like that cannot take off straight up. It has to have a run of 10-12’ to have the momentum to take off. Without space to run, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner in that small jail, even with an open sky right above its head. I’ve never seen success operate any differently. Athletes don’t become superstars overnight, actors don’t go directly to Broadway, most business people try 3 or 4 things before finding one that works, and most first jobs are little more than a learning process. You can’t fly without first running and you can’t get to success without investing time, effort and money.” by Author Dan Miller.

Becoming a disciple of Christ does not happen overnight either. It requires conversion, vulnerability and effort. Everything we need has already been given to us through our baptism. What we do with everything is what truly matters. Remember the Elephant story? Through living, our minds and opinions are formed which can be like a wooden stake to an elephant or a small pen to the buzzard. To gain momentum, in our efforts as stewards, we need to invest ourselves and resources into the process. The programs and possibilities are readily available for learning or for giving your time and talent. There are many good conferences for you and your family to give you a spiritual shot in the arm. These do take time and money in some cases. But like the buzzard, these activities allow room for running before you fly. Successful people understand the investment. Did you know that someone paid $650,100 to have lunch with Warren Buffet off of Ebay? Last year someone else paid $610,200. The funds go to one of Warren’s charities, but what is important to understand is people out there want to be as successful as Mr. Buffet and are willing pay huge amounts of money just to get a little of his wisdom and guidance.

So what investment are you making in your relationship with Christ? Granted it does not take what it costs to break bread with Warren, but it may take a $10 book on having a stronger Christian marriage. Perhaps the noon bible study is the direction you are being called. Ask God where to start and break down the cage so you can run. Pull out the wooden stakes that hold you back from our Savior. Do not be intimidated by the challenge. Buzzards existed in Jesus time too. Remember Thomas, or the two disciples on the road to Emmaus?

“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;” 2 Peter 1:4-6

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