Song Bird

We all have hopes and dreams for our future. A desire for a home, children, financial stability. Not a single dream or hope is wrong. They are specific to the person dreaming them. What is such an amazing gift to humanity is that we have the ability to seek out our hearts desire and achieve those desires. We are taught from a young age to have goals and do our best to achieve them. So our lives become a series of shooting ranges where we shoot our arrows at targets and collect the prizes as we go. We practice and put efforts in to hitting all the targets we can. Nothing wrong with this set of ideals. I teach my students to set goals; goals such as good grades, self-improvement, college, and even global mindedness. Goals are good. 
What if we took another perspective? What if we took the perspective of the arrow? What if we looked at the journey as the goal? Kacey Musgraves has a fun song called ‘Follow your Arrow’. She speaks of living your life as YOU want to live as opposed to living on the expectations of others. While I adore this song, I wish she spoke to the journey as opposed to the rebellion against the expectations of others. For it is in the Journey that we truly spread our wings and fly. No, we can’t live our lives for others. We cannot live the life our parents, our family, our spouse, our friends, our children, or even society; we must live OUR lives. We have free will to choose the direction. We will reap the rewards and consequences along the way. This is not a selfish attitude, but a reality. If we are not living the life we are meant to, then we are doing a disservice to all those around us. If I do not live my desire of a life following Christ, then I am not being authentic to my friends and family who is witnessing my life. Life will always be a series of challenges and storms that are lined with epic silver linings and laughter. Not a single human on this planet is perfect at this life stuff. I write these words knowing that I am full of words but not necessarily action. My hope is in the desire to live my life for Christ and not be afraid that others may notice.
Maybe my analogy of an arrow is all off. Maybe it can be better found in the life of a songbird. Songbirds migrate for thousands of kilometers all over the world. They start on one continent and fly to another and back again. They do not have an end in mind, but a journey. Like our humanity, they are ingrained to migrate, that is goal. They travel and live along the way. Singing, living, and dying somewhere along the path. What if I lived a life not with an end in mind, but a journey in mind. Ready to learn, live, and laugh along the way. My future is not full of ‘end goals’ and ‘settling down’, but is instead, I hope, as series of launched arrows that will lead me to a life worth living. My only heart’s desire is that I can look back on my life and know that I indeed lived. So why am I moving to Costa Rica? Because it is time for this songbird to fly and live her life, discovering what God has planned along the way.
Matthew 6:25-28 New International Version (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

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