Time to Fly

“The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,
 while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4 (ESV)

I’m sure that most everyone has heard the phrase, “A bird’s gotta leave the nest.” But it’s interesting that people don’t often use it to talk about birds. So what does it mean?

You probably know that a “bird leaving the nest” is when a baby bird takes his first flying lesson. Now imagine that you are the baby bird. You’ve been living up in the nest with you mom and siblings for all of your life, but suddenly your mom gives you a little push and you cannot do anything but jump out. You might think, “Why are you trying to kill me? We were all happy living in here. I was comfortable and you gave me free food… I like it up here!” The chick is comfortable living there, but if the chick stays there, he will never learn how to fly or catch his own food or build his own nest. He will never be able to survive if he never grows. So, the mom’s got to give him a little push and the chick needs to jump so that he can fly.

God does this same thing with each one of us. He wants us to be more like him, so He gives us little pushes to grow. Proverbs 13:4 (ESV) says, “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Hebrews 6:12 (ESV) also says, “...so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” The Bible uses the imagery of being sluggish to communicate an attitude of not wanting to do anything. This is the mindset of complacency. It’s the mindset that you don’t need to work or progress any more, but that you are content with whatever conditions you’re in. And God clearly tells us that this cannot possibly be the case. We can never be fully like God, so we ought to always work toward conforming more to His image. He knows that we tend to settle down and get comfortable if we are not being challenged, so God gives us challenges to keep us constantly growing and progressing. He helps us grow by giving us these pushes so that we can be more like Him.

It’s definitely a bittersweet moment to think that this is my last Chapel speech: to think that God is pushing me, along with each of our seniors, out of our nice and comfy nest. Covenant has been my nest for thirteen years now, and I have been challenged to grow in many ways. But now, God is pushing me even more. He is pushing me to leave this wonderful nest that I have called home for most of my life. But He is pushing me to face greater challenges that are crucial to the growth of my life. I will always remember Covenant as my nest, and leaving it will not be easy. But even though it won’t be easy, I know that I am being pushed so that I can glorify God even more; so that I can fly and grow into more of who God is calling me to be.

As part of their training in Rhetoric, our students in grades ten and up are required to develop and present a brief presentation to the school body during Chapel with guidance from their instructors and school curriculum. Each student presentation must be understandable and relevant to all age groups. Sowing seeds of rhetoric training by requiring them speak to all age levels has yielded a harvest for all to enjoy.

This week’s presentation was given by Daniel, one of our seniors (pictured above during Spirit Week on "Super Hero" day).