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A Goose in the Chicken Coup

Sunday, February 10, 2013

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14).

Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, told a story about a goose who was wounded and landed in a barnyard with some chickens. He played with the chickens and ate with the chickens. After a while, that goose thought he was a chicken.

One day a gaggle of geese flew overhead, migrating home. They gave a honk up in the sky, and the barnyard goose heard it.

Kierkegaard said, “Something stirred within the breast of this goose. Something called him to the skies. He began to flap the wings he hadn’t used, and he rose a few feet into the air. Then he stopped, and he settled back again into the mud of the barnyard. He heard the upward call, but he settled for less.”

Is there a chance that this story is about you?

Are you settling for being less than you know in your heart God has called you and created you to be? It’s not just for your sake that you must respond to God’s call on your life—it’s also for all the other meaningful people in your life. The longer you wait before answering, the more annoying your life becomes to those around you. There are few things as disruptive to the peace and well-being of other people than a person who is running from God. How many lives are being distressed because you won’t answer the call?

And besides, are you really that happy clucking with chickens? Really?

God bless you, Pastor Mike
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    While you are taking a much needed break i'm catching up on some of you blog. Miss you wishing you well .Sending prayers to you and yours. this blog is so true .
    1329 days ago
    LOL I had to laugh when you said quote: And besides, are you really that happy clucking with chickens? Really?

    Pastor you are right sometimes even though my Faith is so transparent I still wonder if I've done all I can here on earth and the answer is really NO.

    Either I have that fear or I don't know how to go about it or I don't know what my calling is, I think we had this talk before.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    1347 days ago
    thank you for the story :)
    1351 days ago
  • QTEALADY20031
    Thank you for turning my thoughts to the sky. Sometimes we get very comfortable with the "chickens" and forget what a limitless Spirit we are in Christ. Thank you for reminding me.......June
    1352 days ago
    Wonderful blog. Another eye opener. emoticon emoticon
    Have a great day. emoticon
    1353 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Pastor Mike.
    1354 days ago
    Great Blog!
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    1354 days ago
    thank you this was good
    1354 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I want my my wings to help me soar!
    1355 days ago
    Great Blog I am ready to rise and flap my wings!!!
    1355 days ago
  • ERIN1957
    yup soaring like an eagle or in this case a goose.

    I told a friend today something similar. She is beautiful like a strong oak tree, through seasons she stays at a cross road. Reaching her arms out beautifully and allowing much to fall on her and rest on her. But the eagle is soaring high and even though he may rest with her, he always leaves so he can get closer to God. Standing still is comfortable and many will make excuses never to break free and fly to Him, always settling because they believe in only one possibility. Standing still, beautiful yes...but still just the same. I would rather soar like an eagle than cluck with the chickens.

    Thank You!
    Hugs In Jesus!
    1355 days ago
    Thank you for your blog post!

    Made me really think about things. I'm guessing I'm still in the chicken coop. I plan on making that journey out as soon as I am able!

    I appreciate your words!

    1355 days ago
    Hi..great blog...helps to remember we all have a purpose here!!

    Thanks for dropping by my page.
    Have a blessed week!!
    1355 days ago
    Thank you for the challenge...needed that. :) God bless you.
    1355 days ago
    I love to learn! Whether it's on-line or in person classes, I always have "something new up my sleeve" to learn. I think it keeps you young.

    And it also allows me to meet so many wonderful people I wouldn't hace ordinarily met!

    1355 days ago
    I want to fly!
    1355 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts
    one day at a time

    1355 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    This was a very thought provoking blog!! I often think that I could be doing more, maybe I need to do less clucking & more honking!! Amen!
    1355 days ago
    I am taking a class right now & also joined a group at the church. I do desire to heed the high call. I just want to be able to speak boldly.....

    God bless Pastor Mike!

    1355 days ago
  • KAREN608
    So even if we are the only goose in the chicken yard, press onward and upward then!
    1355 days ago
    Great blog filled with plenty of food for thought. I love the scripture that instructs us to be content where the Lord has put us and we can only do that by being in His will for our lives. It is a comfort to know that I'm right where He wants me!!!

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    1356 days ago
    While I haven't always felt this way, I'm so incredily blessed to not feel left behind through the many ministries that keep me vibrant and steadfast in God's word and works he calls me to be a part of. The joy of the Lord is my strength. I continue to pray that my heart, eyes, and mind be open to the needs of God's greater community. There are so many needs . . . may more of his Children accept the call. With you, I remain a fellow heir in the Family of God! Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    1356 days ago
    Yes so true we can loss our zip
    1356 days ago
    I love that illustration, Pastor Mike. I've been trying to get out of the chicken coop for years. I know the Lord is ready and willing to raise me up and help me spread my wing - as I learn to trust Him more.

    Have a blessed week!

    1356 days ago
    maybe i need to find my honker . long time since i have let it out . thank you and god bless .
    1356 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    Excellent blog as always, Pastor Mike. So very true... I think I'm going to go do some honking... emoticon

    Have a lovely day,
    1356 days ago
    Loved your story, pastor. Some of the most stirring stories are laced with laughter. emoticon One of my fav authors was a pastor who had a very popular children's sermon ministry. He wrote down his sermonettes in a book titled, "Bird Life in Wington". Your blog today reminded me of him.

    ....:::seriously though, your analogy hit home...right to me heart. Thank you!

    ....LOL!! emoticon Laura
    1356 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/10/2013 1:40:10 PM
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