How High Can The Eagles Fly?

Eagles Nelson Agholor

Bald eagles can fly 10,000 to 15,000 feet high at about 65 mph. They can glide for hours without rest on warm updrafts of air. With their acute vision, they are able to spot prey a mile down below. Eagles swoop down at amazing speeds of 200 mph and lift up the prey with their strong talons.

Wow.  That’s incredible.

So hat’s off to any and all teams that adopt the eagle as their mascot.  And that brings us to my Philadelphia Eagles. This year’s Eagles have promise and potential that previous teams had but with one twist: now we have a quarterback and a coach and a contingent of fans that are rallying around the fact that this could be THE year. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, I know, I know; you’ve heard this before but we will say it yet again.  Before was then but this is now.  

Now is a 2017 team that’s confident, not cocky; self-assured but not self-righteous; relevant and not arrogant.  And one of the big reasons that the Eagles are flying high at 5-1 is the play of wide receiver Nelson Agholor. He had is problems last year, but this year he’s a totally different bird. Talk about turnarounds. 

Now is a 2017 team that has a big game coming up on MNF, Monday Night Football against the heated NFC East rival Washington Redskins. And if the Eagles win and to 6-1, then I say that the sky is the limit.

And that’s the life lesson that sports teaches young and old, rich and poor, big and small, first round draft pick and last-minute walk on; the sky is the limit to what we can have.  Start with your dream, proceed with your desire, progress with your drive and be determined to fulfill your destiny and finish.  

So how high can these Eagles fly? Or more importantly, how high can you fly?  Don’t let anything stop you from climbing higher and flying farther and soring faster than you can even ask or think. And herein lies the beauty of Christianity. The prophet Zechariah put it this way:

 He that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David.  

Zechariah 12:8

“Here is a marked difference between all other beliefs and Christianity. So clear, full, and efficient shall be the salvation of believers under the Gospel, that the feeblest among them shall be as strong, as full of courage, and as successful as David when he went against Goliath. Ergo, the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist.” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

Fly Eagles, fly.

Don’t Be A Turkey

Chalie Brown & Lucy

Charlie Brown was a turkey. He fell for Lucy’s ploy time and again.   Charlie Brown, truth be told, was the “Thanksgiving Turkey.”  Yes he tried, but what he needed to do was to deal with his inner inhibitions and to tell Lucy he was tired of playing her dumb game and playing by her stupid rules.  Sometimes you have to CHANGE the rules. So stop playing by the world’s standards. Stop letting those that don’t mean you well dictate the circumstances. Change the rules. Make them work in your favor. 

Turkey is sort of an outdated slang term for coward. Now it means chump, sap or sucker. In this case it’s sort of a pun: turkey refers to Thanksgiving as well.  Charlie Brown was a coward because he was afraid to change.  He was afraid to confront. He was afraid to contend.  He didn’t change.  So don’t be a turkey.  Change the rules.  Change the meaning of the word.

In bowling turkey doesn’t mean coward.  It means just the opposite. It is a sign of sustained victory.  All bowlers know that a “turkey” is three consecutive strikes thrown by a bowler playing ten-pin bowling. There is no recorded derivation of this term but Chuck Pezzana, the historian of the Professional Bowlers Association offers a likely origin. During the Great Depression of the 1930s many bowling alleys began to hold sweepstakes events during the holiday seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas offering food as gifts to the winners. The common award for bowling three strikes in a row was a live turkey. If a person accomplished this feat his or her teammates would all shout, “turkey!” letting the proprietor know that the prize had been won.

So don’t be a turkey.  Be bold enough to dare to change the rules. John the Baptist changed the rules. When he was born, the family wanted to call him Zechariah Jr., after his father.  But Elisabeth said no, and she looked to her husband, Zechariah, for support and confirmation. Zechariah, a mute at the time because of his unbelief, when asked what the child’s name should be, wrote on a tablet “He shall be called John.” As soon as he wrote the prophetic name of this, his son of promise, “his tongue was loosed, and he spoke, blessing God” (Luke 1:64). 

Courage comes when you believe God when others don’t and won’t.  You don’t get courage to believe, you get courage when you believe.  Don’t be a turkey.  Don’t be afraid to stand firmly for your faith. Be confident in your theology; be competent in philosophy; and don’t be arrogant in your spirituality. We know that our God is the only wise God, but we don’t have to put others down when the goal is to build them up. So change the rules. Seek ways to share your faith without denigrating or disparaging others.  

Don’t play by Lucy’s rules.  Don’t be a turkey.