Cut the Chickens and Fly Like an Eagle
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles.” (Isaiah 40:31a)
God’s desire is for each one of us to trust in Him to find strength. From this strength we will be able to soar like eagles. Why do some of us fail to soar to the planned heights? It is because many of us hang around chickens. As Steve Fitzhugh shared with the students at Maury River MS, Parry McCluer MS, Parry McCluer HS and Rockbridge County HS, “in order to soar like an eagle, you need to cut loose from the chickens, ‘cause chickens don’t fly.” Chickens pull at eagles, trying to get them to hang out in the chicken coup and encouraging them to make decisions that distract from reaching the heights.
To make the right decisions, “you need to draw your lines NOW and not wait until you find yourself in the middle of the tough moment. NOW spelled backwards is WON,” Steve shared. You shouldn’t wait until someone hands you a blunt, a shot, a cig, or asks you to skip class to make the decision. Decide now what your moral line is. The temptations are great but the strength God gives you is stronger.
Steve Fitzhugh, a former Denver Bronco and current NFL Transition Coach, encouraged approximately 1600 students in the four schools to “Play One Way Drug Free.” He challenged them to use the FCA method. Faith is the belief that you can soar like an eagle, Commitment to say no to alcohol and drugs, and be Accountable to someone who will ask the tough questions.
Rockbridge County schools were blessed to have Steve Fitzhugh come and challenge them. Steve’s passion for success and change moved, motivated and empowered both students and teachers. His style is fresh and humorous as he talked about life and his own personal journey. He identifies with his audiences. He sees what they see; he feels what they feel; and he understands life's challenges. If you want examples check out his “Nasty”, “Competitors Creed” and “A Good Name” YouTube videos.
Thanks to our sponsors Cornerstone Bank, Natural Bridge Baptist Association and Rockbridge Community Services for helping to make this event possible.
Now let us take the challenge and trust our God, cut loose from the chickens and soar like eagles.