But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (I Peter 2:9).

Once there was an eagle who did not act at all like the great, proud bird he was born to be. This was an eagle that lived among chickens in a hen house and covered with a coop. He could be seen every morning scratching the dirt for bits of grain and pecking at the cobs of corn that the farmer threw to him and the rest of the chickens. The eagle’s eyes were as dull as his feathers. He was one sad bird.

            One day a passerby who felt sorry for the eagle entered the cage, grasped the bird with both hands and carried him to the top of a nearby mountain. A sweeping spectacle of rugged peaks, lakes and fine forests stretched before them. The heart of the great eagle began to pound in the man’s grasp.

            The eagle’s eyes focused on the glacier-scarred mountains and deep cliffs. He lifted his head breathing in the icy air and cool, fresh scent of alpine flowers. Feeling the bird’s struggle, the man lifted the eagle up and let him go! The bird stretched his wings and soared across the valley until he was a tiny speck against the distant mountains. The eagle had realized his destiny.

            A particular plant which germinated in the bottom of a mine and raised itself to the height of one hundred and twenty feet in order to reach the light though the usual height of the plant is only six inches. Are you like an eagle in a chicken coop? or like the eagle soaring up realizing the destiny and focus on the immense wonder of eternity and breathe in celestial air? Colossians 3:2 says, ‘Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth’. Things above are to capture our imaginations, emotions, thoughts, feelings and ideas. It is the spiritual person who can most readily set his heart and mind on heaven.

            What enriches your spirit? Filling your heart and mind with whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable or anything praise  worthy. What enriches your spirit?  Accessing the means of grace through prayer, worship, the reading of God’s Word and fellowship are what that enrich your spirit. Trust and obey your Lord. Soar up higher and higher far away into the blue from the snares of this polluted earth.