,We wear these words out in the ATL for our Falcons, it is a proud call for our birds to fly above and soar over the competition. Lately we have been doing much more soaring and a lot less being grounded (except for that slight loss of flight in the Super Bowl). But as birds do fly, bad weather often causes misdirection in our flight plan.
We also know from this beautiful book of life, the Bible, that God wants us to soar on the wings of eagles, even when we stumble and fall. In plain language, when we fail, get up, shake the dust of failure off and take flight again, don't ever stop trying to soar. Certainly an Eagle is much more magnificent than a Falcon, but they are both majestic while in flight, and whether we are an Eagle or a Falcon, rich or poor, black, white, brown or yellow, male or female, we can all fly the same in God's eyes.
Trouble is the climate in our country is stormy, and extended to the climate in the world it is confusing. But through it all, one of the main things we can do is keep trying to soar above the turbulence. To do that we have to ignore those who say we can't, those who put us down, and those who bully us around to glorify themselves. In God's eyes we are all Eagles ready to take flight!
So we must Rise Up and always extend faith into the situations that come to us as mighty clouds of doubt. If the devil can take Job to the limit, he can certainly make us grow tired and weary of it all. We Rise Up to not grow weary, not be faint of heart, and to renew our strength through the power of the Holy Spirit who is our pilot.
We cannot let anyone or anything stop us from being the shining stars that God wants us to be, and we cannot let ourselves be grounded by the issues that will take us down. Feel them, deal with them, but do so in a manner that Jesus taught us to do, pray about them, and if they cause anguish, turn it over to the will of God, as Jesus did, He is our air traffic controller!
Now, about those Falcons........
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.