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13 Jun 2013

Dare to Be An Eagle! 2013 Baccalaureate Service (part two)

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June 13, 2013 Category: Oasis Posted by:

Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia

18 May 2013

By Kevin R. Johnson, Ed.D.


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As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings: 12So the
LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

-Deuteronomy 32:11-12 KJV

All I’m trying to get you to see my Morehouse brothers is that it takes time to produce greatness! That’s the reason I love what the prophet Isaiah says in
that 40th chapter, beginning at that 28th verse:

For Isaiah says:

28Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There
is no searching of his understanding. 29He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30Even the youths shall faint
and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as
eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Brothers, it takes time to produce greatness!

Well, lest I hold you too long, I need to tell you that eagles never fly in flocks. Unlike chickens, which are known to congregate with other chickens,
eagles are known to soar by themselves. Yes, an eagle is a solitary bird. It dares to fly alone.

In fact, if you see an eagle, you will only see one, or possibly two, at a time. Eagles seem to understand that in order to reach the altitude that God has
preordained for them to reach that they might just have to soar alone.

Unlike chickens, which are domesticated birds, staying in the same place, hanging with the same people, eating the same food, eagles dare to fly.

• Eagles dare to see a world that others have never seen before.

• Eagles dare to fly to the mountains.

• Eagles dare to fly to new terrain.

• Eagles dare to fly to the sea.

• Eagles dare to explore new horizons.

• Eagles dare to see beyond where they are and dare to pursue their journey to where God wants them

to be.

• Yes, eagles understand that being an eagle means that your will often fly your journey alone.

And that’s the reason that you came to Morehouse College because:

• You knew, that you were not a chicken but an EAGLE!

• You knew, that there was something different about you.

• You knew, that there was something special about you.

• You knew, that there was something unique about you.

• You knew, that you were going somewhere.

• You knew, that your community was counting on you.

• You knew, that your Mama and Daddy were praying for you.

• You knew, that you were the head and not the tail.

• You knew, that “greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world.”

• You knew, that “no weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

• And You knew, that “weeping may endure for a night, but on May 19th JOY will come in the morning.”

Have I got a witness?

Well, I gotta leave you now. But I just stopped by to tell you that there comes a point in the eagle’s life when the mother eagle must stir the nest. You
see the mother and father eagle know they have been taking care of the eaglet.

• For see, the mother eagle gave birth to eaglet.

• She nurtured that eaglet.

• And she took flight and found nourishment for that eaglet.

• She fought the predators that sought to destroy that eaglet.

• She worked two jobs for that eaglet.

• She worked 15-hour days for that eaglet.

• She prayed over and for that eaglet.

• She sacrificed all she had for that eaglet.

• She poured all she knew and all that she learned into that eaglet.

And she did it all because she knew she had an eagle. Not a turkey, but an EAGLE. Not a chicken, but an EAGLE. Not a dove, but an EAGLE. Yes, there comes a
point in the eagle’s life when that mother eagle has to stir the nest.

You see, as long as the eaglet stays in the nest, it will never become an eagle. As long as the eaglet stays in Kilgore or Moss Suites, it will never
become an eagle. As long as the eaglet is fed three times a day in Chivers Dinning hall, it will never become an eagle. And as long as the eaglet never
stretches forth its wings and flies, it will never become an eagle.

So in order to help the eaglet make its transition, the mother eagle has to stir up the nest. You see, when the mother eagle swoops in to stir the nest,
she has one aim in mind and that is to turn the eaglet into an EAGLE.

So she begins to pull out the leaves. She begins to toss out the soft feathers and furs. She begins to remove all of the things that provided comfort in
the nest. As a result, the eaglet must learn how to stand and balance himself and get ready to use his wings.

You see, it doesn’t matter who you are, God has way of stirring the nest. For my Bible tells me, that when God is about to get the best out of you that God
will stir the nest:

• Before Noah could see God’s rainbow in the sky, he had to experience a devastating flood…God had to stir the nest!

• Before Jacob could receive his blessing, he had to wrestle with an angel all night long…God had to stir the nest!

• Before Joseph could become an official in the royal court, he was tossed in a pit…God had to stir the nest!

• Before Moses could cross the Red Sea, he was chased by Pharaoh’s army…God had to stir the nest!

• Before David could become king, he had to do battle Goliath…God had to stir the nest!

• Before Daniel could be respected, he was placed in a lion’s den …God had to stir the nest!

• Before Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could be rescued and delivered by God, they had to be thrown in the fiery furnace…God had to stir the nest!

• Before Job could be blessed beyond measure, he had to loose everything that you had…God had to stir the nest!

• Before Ezekiel’s church could grow, he had to preach to dry bones…God had to stir the nest!

• And before Jesus could be resurrected from the dead, he had to be crucified and hung on an old rugged cross…Yes God, I tell you, whenever he wants to
take you another level, He has to stir up the nest!

Yes, whenever God is about to move, He has a way to stir nest.

Well, brothers I flew all the way from Philadelphia because God wants to stir up the nest. There is greatest in this room…God is stirring up the nest.
There are leaders in this room…God is stirring up the nest.

There are lawyers in this room… God is stirring up the nest. There are doctors in this room… God is stirring up the nest. There are engineers in this room…
God is stirring up the nest. There are professors in this room…

God is stirring up the nest. There are theologians in this room… God is stirring up the nest. There are future leaders in this room… God is stirring up the
nest!

So, brothers have one question for this afternoon: “Are you ready?” I said, “Brothers, are you ready?”

Then I dare you to stretch out your limbs and begin to flap your wings:

• Every time they tell you, you are not worth anything… you say, “Yes, I am,” and flap your wings.

• Every time they tell you, we have never had a black person in this company…You tell them, “Well, you got one now,” and flap your wings.

• Every time they tell you, you are not smart enough…you say, “Yes, I am because I graduated from Morehouse College”…Flap your wings.

• Every time they tell you, you are not strong enough…you say, “Yes, I am because I have been through many dangers toils and snares”…Flap your wings.

• Flap your wings until Black on Black crime stops.

• Flap your wings until the unemployment rate comes down.

• Flap your wings until being the first black is no longer a novelty.

• Flap your wings in determination.

• Flap your wings because our community needs you.

• Flap your wings for those who have no wings.

• Flap your wings until we become politicians.

• Flap your wings until we become councilmen.

• Flap your wings until we become legislators.

• Flap your wings until we become congressmen.

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• Flap your wings until we become mayors.

• Flap your wings until we become governors.

• Flap your wings until we become senators.

• And flap your wings until Morehouse produces the next the President of the United States of America!

My Morehouse Brothers, I dare you to become God’s eagles!

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