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Oh, go fly a kite!

It was Vince Lombardi who said we'd accomplish a great many more things in life if we stopped thinking of them as "impossible". At times, I think we imagine ourselves as never making it to some destination we have in mind - especially when it comes to our walk with Jesus. We won't take the right steps, believe the right stuff, or make right decisions when it really matters. This is how we see ourselves at times and this can be quite defeating because sometimes we won't even try when we feel there is an "impossibility" in trying.

It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6 MSG)

Lewis Mumford said, "A certain amount of opposition is a great help to man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind." Too many times we view the "hard stuff" as "opposition" in life. We don't want to face anything that "opposes" us because it suggests a degree of "difficulty" we dread. I can't tell you how many kites I have built in my lifetime, adjusting this or that on the kite, adding just a little longer tail, or trimming away a little, just to get that kite airborne and watch it sail so effortlessly in the sky. What most don't realize is all the effort was really "up front" of it sailing!

The first step in the right direction, in embracing new learning, is to face the opposition ahead of us. It may be the opposition of our own beliefs, fears, or pride. It could be a more "external" opposition we really cannot control all that well, but which we will have to face if we are to ever make forward progress. It is quite possible we have viewed things in our life as impossible for so long we no longer even imagine there will be a "first step". What comes of believing the impossible is possible? Is it false hope? No! It is the beginning of the kite's rise!

God exists. He cares for our needs. There is a connection between these two - "and". We may be convinced he exists, but are we equally convinced he cares for those who seek him? Seeking doesn't end the moment we say "yes" to Jesus. It begins! It is there that the winds which will carry us to new heights begin to blow. The kite rises in opposition to the wind - apart from the wind, the kite is a decorative object! We aren't in this world as mere decorative objects. We are to be kites soaring higher and higher, taking from the opposition we face the very thing we need to help us climb higher. Just sayin!

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