Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Flying High as a Kite

"Flying High as a kite" is an expression we all have heard. It describes one's excitement, state of sobriety, or a far-out attitude.Those high school basketball teams still in the running for a state championship are "flying high as a kite" for sure!

But March winds already are bringing back memories of the fun times of flying kites as kids or with our children. Perhaps this month would be a good time to test our skills with a young child and share with them the excitement of 'flying a kite into the high skies'. The hardest part is getting the string untangled and getting the wind to "lift the kite off the ground". Up, up, up it will go! The wind will rush in and lift the kite higher and higher in an unbelievable manner. What a thrill!

I was amazed each time I went to Brazil (or other Latin American countries) to see all the kite strings hanging on power lines. At first I could not figure out what had happened; but I learned these were kite tangled strings left as souvenirs of good memories. Kite flying seems to be a national sport there for children and adults. When such kites are hoisted upward by the winds, everyone stops to watch the action.

Isn't that the way it should be in our Christian life? We are ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor 5:20) and must always fly His colors high! Remember when you first experienced God's presence in your life? How free your soul felt? How high your spirits were lifted? Like a kite in the March winds! The heart of the Psalmist must have been tied to a kite string as he wrote about 'the God of the mountain, the majesty and glory of God, and the depth of His great love'. The Apostle Paul was always "high as a kite" even in prison. He always wanted others to know that circumstances do not control the heart of believers, the desire to witness nor to praise God at all times. He viewed these circumstances as great opportunities to point others to the miraculous work and power of our Lord.

Jesus said, "let your light shine so that others might see Jesus working in you and bring honor and glory to our Heavenly Father". (Matt 5:16). Also, He taught that we are the "salt of the earth" and should season every aspect of life with our caring spirit, desire to serve others and to love others. Quite an order, I'd say. But with the working of the Holy Spirit within to guide and monitor thoughts and actions, Paul teaches that 'we can do all things through Christ who is our strength'. (Phil 4: 13).

So let's take advantage of the high winds of March and fly our kites so those around us are pointed upward. We can minister to those in need ( Matt. 25:35-40), serve others in love (Gal 5:13), encourage others in the faith. (Titus 3:8), share the Good News with unbelievers around us (Matt 28:19-20), and love one another (John 15:12). {These are but a few of the 'spiritual kites' we should be flying}. During this season of high winds and kite-flying consider reading the Sermon on the Mount ( Matt 5-7) and 1 Cor 13 (The Love Chapter) several times and then just step aside and allow God to work His mighty work in our lives. Let Him fly our kites in the skies around us so that we may bring glory and adoration to our Heavenly Father






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