Recently I came across this quote and it gave me pause and I considered what I desire to be for the Lord.
“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” Carl Sandburg
I don’t know much about Carl Sandburg, besides that he is a poet, but I sure do like this quote.
He may not have known it, but he was describing not only the Christian life but I am afraid he was describing me. In everyone who knows Christ, we have a dual nature. Christians today are stuck between 2 worlds. The physical and the spiritual. Paul described it this way…
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:22-25)
Every day we fight…
- The outward and the inward.
- The carnal and the spiritual
- The flesh and the Spirit
We are reminded by Paul of this fact in Romans 7:14 where he spells it out for us…
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Because we fight it every day, every day we must choose and every day the battle will rage…
Really, your choice is simple…
• Will I live according to the new nature, or the old?
OR, BETTER YET…
• Will I soar with the eagles, or wallow in the mud?
Your decision determines everything:
• How you greet the day.
• How you direct your thoughts.
• How you talk to — or talk about — your co-workers.
• How you spend your spare change and how you spend your spare time.
Every day you have the power to choose your backdrop: the clear blue sky of the eagle or the local hippo mud hut hangout.
The Bible tells us that we have access to both places, and our access is unrestricted. It just depends on where you prefer to be.
Paul goes on to remind us that…
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1
Remember today that God is calling you upward, because today there is no condemnation for those who find themselves in Christ.