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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Eagle Eye

While walking along, my older brother always looked down and found money. My Dad called him, “eagle eye”. I wanted to be an eagle eye too! I thought of this during a devotion about the eagle and his vision. We can learn a lot from the eagle.

While the eagle's eye is around the same size as a human it is an estimated 4 to 8 times stronger. They see colors more vividly than us and can even see ultraviolet light. They spot prey from 1,000 feet over an area of three square miles. During storms, they soar up to 10,000 feet in the sky. The eagle’s life depends on his ability to see what he wants to catch and keep his eye on it at all times. In turn, we must keep our focus on the prize and not take our eyes off of the goal. Philippians 3: 13-14, “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Barnabas was a great encourager who had eagle-like vision in spiritual matters. He could see God’s grace at work in someone’s life with clarity! He was sent to check out new believers in Antioch during the spread of the early church. Acts 11: 23, “When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” I don’t always see God’s grace in others. It's easy to have eagle eye vision for others but be blind when we examine ourselves. I need to have an eagle eye like Barnabas and be an encourager with sharp vision for grace.


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