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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Short stories from the mail............Why Walk When You Can Fly?

There was once a king, who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained. Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch, since the day it had arrived.
The king summoned healers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He presented the task to a member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch.
Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, "May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem." So he cried out to his court, "Go and get a farmer." In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, "How did you make the falcon fly?" With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, " It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch, where the bird was sitting."
We were all made to fly but we need to realize this incredible potential as human beings. We cannot afford to sit on our branches, clinging to the familiar things in our lives.
The possibilities of this world are endless, but for most people, these remain undiscovered. When we conform to the familiar, the comfortable and the mundane, we miss out on God's best for our lives and settle for mediocrity, instead of an exciting, thrilling and fulfilling life.
This week, we must learn to destroy the branch of fear and the other things we cling to so as to free ourselves to the glory of flight. The best days are still ahead of you.
God always has His best in mind for you only if you can acknowledge and take advantage of them through the principle of recognition.

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