Ducks or Eagles?

My question for you this week is: ‘Are you a duck or an eagle?’ I was reading a story on Facebook this week and it really struck a chord. A lady was getting a taxi to the airport and was picked up by a really smartly dressed taxi driver. He had a mission statement that said: ‘To get my customers to their destination in the quickest, safest, and cheapest way possible in a friendly environment.’ He had thought of everything, his taxi was immaculate, he had a range of magazines for customers to read, offered a choice of drinks and music to listen to. As I was reading the story, I was waiting for the catch but there wasn’t one. When the lady asked the taxi driver the reason behind him putting so much effort into his work, he said the following: ‘My first five years driving, I spent most of my time complaining like all the rest of the cabbies do. Then I heard about power of choice one day. Power of choice is that you can be a duck or an eagle. If you get up in the morning expecting to have a bad day, you’ll rarely disappoint yourself. Stop complaining! Don’t be a duck. Be an eagle. Ducks quack and complain. Eagles soar above the crowd. This story has made me think about what other people see in me at work, when I go to the shops, wherever I go in my day-to-day life. Isaiah 40 verse 31 states: ‘but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.’ As Christians we are not promised an easy life, we will face difficulties and challenges but we have the promise that we are not travelling alone and we have the most gracious father who loves us and wants the best for us, He wants to bless us and support us but we do need to rely on Him and put our hope in Him. We all have the power of choice. When we get up in the morning do we welcome the Lord into every part of our day or do we set off on our own and risk quacking? Ali