Chicken Eagle

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


Author Tony de Mello tells about a farmer who put an eagle's egg in a barnyard nest. The eaglet hatched and grew up thinking he was a chicken. He scratched for worms, clucked, and only flew a few feet into the air.

Years passed. The eagle grew old. One day he saw a magnificent bird circling above him. Awestruck, he asked, “Who is that?”

A chicken said, "That’s an eagle—the king of birds. He belongs to the sky. You and I belong to the earth."

The eagle believed the chicken, and he died a chicken.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. How we see ourselves is how we live. Do we scratch the ground when we really belong to the sky? Do we walk—or will we soar through the high calling of our daily work?

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

(John 8:31-32)