Join me in a jailbreak

Let’s bend the wires, leave the cage and live out our destiny.

By Dr. DAN ERICKSON

Eagles weren’t meant for cages. And neither were you or I.

This fact hit home when I was visiting the Omaha zoo a few years ago. A magnificent bird of prey was reined in by a cage, cut off from experiencing its potential and destiny.

Many of us are like that eagle. Deep down, we know that life should be more exciting, our work more satisfying and our relationships more fulfilling. We begin to view our circumstances as cages keeping us from true happiness: If only I had a better job. If only I could break this addiction. If only I had more money. If only I was single (or married, or married to someone else).

After years of frustration and despair, many of us give up — on our marriage, career, family and even our faith. 

How many of us are doing the work as adults that we dreamed of doing as children or students? Our big dreams fade away. If they come to mind, we dismiss them as “not realistic” or say “it’s too late.” 

I’m here to tell you that it’s not too late. God hasn’t given up on you. He hasn’t taken your destiny and given it to someone more worthy.

Christ did not die on a cross only so we could go to Heaven, but so we could have “life — life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). 

God made you, and he doesn’t make junk.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10).

The eagle had no choice but to live in a cage. We have a choice. Consider:
•    What God-given dreams have you suppressed?
•    If you could attempt anything for God and had unlimited resources and freedom to fail, what would you do?
•    Have you submitted yourself fully to His plan and purposes?

Think on these things, then determine the next concrete step you need to take. Don’t give up, and imagine the possibilities.