Saturday, January 30, 2016

Virtue



I love this song so much.  My daughter Abby told a story the other day about an Eagle who was raised with a flock of chickens.  And the man that took care of him told everyone that he thought he was a chicken so he doesn't know how to fly.

The daughter of the man was worried about the eagle not flying so she asked her Dad to try to teach him.  So, the Dad tried to help him fly off the edge of a trampoline and nothing happened.  The eagle just fell.  So the Dad took him up on the roof and told the eagle, "you are an eagle this is what you're meant to do." And he threw him into the air, but the eagle just fell.

So, the man and his daughter decided to take the eagle up even higher to try and fly.  So, they took the eagle to the mountains where there was a cliff.  Standing on the edge of the cliff, the Dad threw the bird up into the air and said "you are an eagle this is what you're meant to do".  The eagle started to fall again and then slowly he started to spread his wings.

Some people don't realize that they are eagles among chickens.  They have no idea of their real potential.  Tapping into it doesn't always take being thrown off a cliff.  It's literally as easy as finding your virtue.  If it's lost, you may be pecking at the ground.  Only you know if you've been pecking at the ground or not.  And only you know if you've been soaring through the clouds or not.  The difference between the two parallels is virtue.

One of the best examples of virtue is Captain Moroni.  He was passionate about serving others and protecting the Nephites freedom.  He helped them become stronger and he did it  without becoming blood thirsty, controlling or without seeking for power.

 Mormon said in Alma 48:17  “Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken FOREVER; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” 

The reason he was so amazing is because of his virtue!  Amazing things can happen in your life when you find your virtue.  And amazing things can be lost when you lose it.
Moroni led them to victory in battle, but he didn't thirst after blood.  He didn't seek it, but he sure wasn't going to allow anyone to take their freedom.  There is a right and a wrong way to defend yourself, your land, your religion.  

The defination of virtue is this: behavior showing high moral standards.

So what are your moral standards?  If you were attacked what would you do?  Would you defend yourself?  Would you defend your family?  Would you defend your land?  Would you do it in hatred?  Or would you do it in prayer?

If you can find your virtue, you can find your wings.  Maybe you've been eating with chickens for so long that you didn't realize, YOU'RE AN EAGLE!  
Read the scriptures and live by standards.  In fact, live by high moral standards.  
You have the ability to fly.  So leave the coop, live with virtue and soar! 

1 comment:

Lisa said...

LOVE THIS!!!!!!