High in the Himalayan mountains lived a wise old man.
Periodically, he ventured down into the local village to entertain the villagers with his special knowledge and talents. One of his skills was to psychically tell the villagers the contents in their pockets, boxes, or minds.
A few young boys from the village decided to play a joke on the wise old man and discredit his special abilities.
One boy came up with the idea to capture a bird and hide it in his hands. He knew of course, the wise old man would know the object in his hands was a bird.
The boy devised a plan.
Knowing the wise old man would correctly state the object in his hands was a bird, the boy would ask the old man if the bird was dead or alive. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the boy would crush the bird in his hands, so that when he opened his hands the bird would be dead.
But, If the wise man said the bird was dead, the boy would open his hands and let the bird fly free. So not matter what the old man said, the boy would prove the old man a fraud.
The following week, the wise old man came down from the mountain into the village. The boy quickly caught a bird and cupping it out of sight in his hands, walked up to the wise old man and asked, “Old man, old man, what is it that I have in my hands?”
The wise old man said, “You have a bird, my son.” And he was right.
The boy then asked, “Old man, old man, tell me: Is the bird alive or is it dead?”
The wise old man looked at the boy, thought for a moment and said, “The bird is as you choose it to be.”
There you go. Life is, right now, as you choose it to be. Have you thought about it like that?
With the unlimited power of God available to you- and the fact that He is for you (not against you)- you are living the version of your life that you have chosen to live.
- You are as close to your children as you want to be.
- You are as addicted to ________________ as you choose to be.
- You in as good of shape physically as you desire.
The bird is in your hand. You are living the life you have chosen to live, thus far- and you will continue living the life you choose to live from here on out. Most of us think that a new book study will change things. Or that a class will do it. Or another educational degree. Sure, those things can be tools to help- but they can also be complete wastes of time, depending on your true calling.
At the end of the day, you are already living the life you have chosen to live. And if you don’t like where those series of decisions are leading, change them. Incrementally. One decision at a time. Because small changes over the long haul add up to be big changes.
Question: What do you think?