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4 Amazing Lessons from the Eagles

Ruby writes from the Philippines. Aside from writing, she enjoys studying, researching, and learning just about anything useful and helpful.

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While visiting with friends to an Eagle Farm in Davao, Philippines, we listened to a tour guide who gave us a lecture about eagles. According to her, in that farm, they care so much for the eagles so that they even hold a party for them on their birthdays. This made one of the little girls who were with us comment saying, “wow it’s good for the eagles because they have a birthday party!” This really amazed me how they treat and care for these eagles. They take so much time and effort to care for them. That's how special eagles are for them.

Some Facts About the Eagle

Scientifically speaking, Philippine eagles are known as Pithecophaga Jefferyi. There are more than 60 different species of eagles known in the world. Eagles have the life span of 14-35 years. Eagles are large, powerful birds of prey. They have huge, hooked beaks and mighty talons which help them catch their prey easily. Under the family Accipitridae, the Philippine Eagle is now considered as an endangered species. The Philippine eagle is the country’s national bird as declared in 1978. Other countries like Albania, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Scotland, Serbia, and Germany, also use the eagle as their national bird.

1. Eagles have sharp vision.

Eagles can see five times sharper than humans can see. While human beings can only notice three basic colors, eagles can see five. This sharp vision of the eagles, gives them a great advantage to capture their preys even at a far distance. Even from high places, eagles can easily detect their preys and catch them without much difficulty. Further, this also gives them an edge over their enemies because at an even farther distance, they can detect them and know when they are danger.

Like eagles, Christians need to sharpen their vision for them to easily spot their enemies. They need to be adept to identify the devil's tactics to protect themselves from his many deceptions. This can be done by studying God's word and engaging in much prayers. The Bible says, "Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" 1 Peter 5:8, NIV).

2. Eagles never settle for less.

Eagles love to build their nests on high places such as on tall trees or on high cliffs. The nest itself has to be higher than its surrounding vegetation in order for the eagles to have a better access and a clearer view for possible threats to their nest and their lives.

Like the eagles, Christians need to have higher and lofty ideals in life. They should aim for excellence in whatever they do. They should never be satisfied with a second-rate work. In other words, they should not settle for less. Lucius Seneca affirms, "Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters."

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3. Eagles make tough choices.

At about the age of 40, eagles will have to make a difficult choice in their lives.They have to choose either to go through a process called regeneration or rebirth or choose to simply die.

This process of rebirth involves death of the old-self. There are only two options for the eagles. Die or go through a painful process of rebirth to extend its life for 30 more years. This procedure involves the painful work of knocking off its own beak and plucking out its talons for the new ones to grow. This entire process will take about five months to finish.

Christians too, often have to make difficult choices in life. They have to choose either to follow Jesus and endure some trials, or choose to just go with the flow of world and be free. However, David Platt commented, "The road that leads to heaven is risky, lonely, and costly in this world, and few are willing to pay the price."

4. Eagles have extra-ordinary strength.

Eagles are never easily tired. They have strength that can go beyond the ordinary stress and struggles.They can fly in long distances. They endure longer than other birds.

When we put our trust on God, our strength is extra-ordinary. We shall never grow tired because our strength is drawn from God who never gets weary. Our hearts will never grow weak because our confidence is not based on things or humans. We receive our strength from God who is the Source of all our power and strength.

The prophet Isaiah brings to our mind the idea of the eagles' strength when he reminds us saying, "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint," (Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Ruby Campos

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