Saturday, August 7, 2010

the price of a feather

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To every thing there is a season, and a TIME to every purpose under heaven.”

Ever wonder why you get up and get moving each day? I heard it said once that many people know what they’re running from but not what they’re running to.

Walking along life’s road, we found it littered with questions of how. How do I do this, how do I get there, how am I supposed to survive that? And the answers are usually found when we discover the ‘why’.

William Scolavino said, ‘Seek happiness for it’s own sake, and you will not find it; seek for purpose, and happiness will follow as a shadow comes with the sunshine.’
            Our purpose – Our destiny ….
                        They pull us like a magnet.

Realize now that whatever God has planned for your life – if you go after any other thing, you will find no satisfaction. Why is that? 
Because before you were in your mother’s womb, God chose you. Yes, you….for a divine purpose. Jesus knew before He ever left heaven’s splendor what His destiny was. No temptation, no question, nothing stood in His way to fulfill what He came in this world to do.

Don’t allow questions and uncertainty to distract you from your God-given destiny. Don’t limit Him – for if all you exercise in life is caution, then you will eventually become stagnate. Allow God to be God in your life.

Isaiah 1:19 says, ‘If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land.’

I came across a story recently of a beautiful bird known for its great singing. It would sit in the top of the tree making lovely melodies. One day a man walking through the woods passed by the tree and heard the bird singing. The bird saw the man, and that he was holding a box.

(Baltimore - Inner Harbor)
The bird asked, “What do you have in the box?”
“I have large, juicy earthworms in the box. I will sell you a worm for one of your beautiful feathers,” he offered.
As the bird pulled out a feather in exchange for the worm, he reflected to himself, ‘Why should I have to work so hard to get worms when it’s so easy to just get them like this?’

The bird and the man repeated this process over the course of many days, and soon the bird had no more feathers with which to pay for worms. He wasn’t pretty and could no longer fly. He didn’t feel like singing and he was very unhappy.

Just like this bird, we are always tempted to look for shortcuts, but there is a price to pay for shortcuts. Let it be said that the path to the prize is always more valuable than the prize itself!

Today’s generation is so used to the quick-fix, instant mentality. Having been raised in that atmosphere, we don’t always view it as all our fault, however, there’s still a process to go through if we want to see the finished masterpiece. I encourage you today to stop trading your treasures for an easier way – because usually what costs you something will be more valuable to you in the end.

Don’t take the shortcut ….


  1. Thank you for that message Bro. Larry.....Needed to hear that...I am thoroughly enjoying these blogs from you...Each and everyone has touched my heart....Much love to you and Susan
    Tammy (Ashcraft) Boyle