Recently I saw a painting of an eagle. He was launching himself from his perch, his eyes intently focused on something I could not see. Every thing about him was fierce. I thought of how rare that kind of intensity is in our culture today.
Read these definitions of Fierce:
Having or displaying an intense aggressiveness;
Showing a heartfelt and powerful intensity;
Powerful, intense and destructive in extent or intensity;
To show emotion to a great and almost overwhelming extent;
I was mesmerized by the picture of this eagle and purchased it for my friends Dan and Joanne Miller with “48days.” It reminded me of the intense and focused desire they have to enrich the lives of people. They have symbolic images of eagles all over their property.
We need to be fierce people. Fierce is about being… powerful, intense, focused, and yes, even destructive in terms of destroying the barriers that keep us from being everything we were created to be.
The word “Fierce” has a bad rap. We apply it only to negative actions and events like a vicious attack or a destructive storm. It is the how our fierce nature is directed that makes the difference.
I have decided I want to live a fierce life.
Mother Theresa lived a fierce life.
Abraham Lincoln lived a fierce life.
Jesus lived a fierce life.
I want to live with a fierce love of my God and my family.
I want my work to be fiercely focused on making a difference in peoples lives.
I want to be fierce in my efforts to help destroy the power of poverty, evil and injustice.
The thought occurred to me that the enemies of living a fierce life are…
Recliner rot – eagles don’t own them!
Unfocused living – eagles are fiercely intent and intense!
Selfish living – show me a picture of an eagle looking at himself!
Hours of inane television – eagles never watch!
Are you fierce?
What’s keeping you from being fierce?
Let’s encourage each other to live fiercely!
OR maybe we can just be…. mild!