As the months passed and the hatchlings grew, the brown bird just didn't fit in. When the others went swimming in the pond, he followed them and almost drowned. Instead of honking like the other geese, the brown bird let out a shriek. He told himself, "I can't do anything right. I'm just a failure."
One day the birds were in the barnyard when the shadow of a huge bird passed over them. The geese went running for cover, but the brown bird looked up and suddenly realized he wasn't a goose, but an eagle. He started flapping his wings and before he knew it, he was up in the air flying with the other eagles.
He had been an eagle all along, but he thought he was a goose. He had to realize who he was, his true identity, before he could fulfill his destiny.
In the same way, you cannot fulfill your destiny until you realize your true identity as a child of God. 2 Cor. 5:17 says, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come."
When you are born again, God gives you a new identity. The only way you can fully grasp this new life is by listening to what God says about you. You can't base your identity on what others think about you. You can't even base it on what you think about yourself. It only comes from what God says. Do you know who you are?