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Are you on a quest to take flight with your dreams?
Recently my wife and I had the privilege of watching a female cardinal build her nest in a dogwood tree right outside our bedroom window (see the photo below). Soon there were three eggs, then three baby birds. We learned the male and female work together from nest building to feeding the baby cardinals, which stay in the nest for about 10 days after hatching. One by one the babies were soon gone, strong enough to fly on their own. The total time it took from when the mother cardinals laid the eggs until the babies flew away was about 4 weeks.
Wouldn’t it be nice if “taking flight” were such a natural progression for us in living out our dreams, calling and life purpose? The Quest is a piano-violin duet symbolizing this journey, which is not so easy as birds learning to fly. My own career journey took me through being a shift manager in a carpet mill, to several other jobs that weren’t the right fit. At age thirty, this brought me to a point of surrender. Once I let go and began asking God what He wanted me to do, I sensed a calling to a new job. One step at at time I was able to stick with things, and I didn’t need to force my way. Surrender has played a central role in my quest to live out a fruitful life and story. Consider the passage below, which helped inspire the music for The Quest.
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.” – Galatians 5:22-23 (The Message)
What is a next step you can take on your quest to live out a fruitful story?