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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Flying Kites

Have you ever tried flying a kite? Life challenges are sometimes similar to flying a kite. Take parenting for example. We all know that parents are the primary party responsible for and involved in teaching and disciplining their children. If we do not teach and discipline them well, they are bound to go wayward. But if we are overly strict and inflexible, they are bound to turn rebellious.

The kites are like the children. And for the string, it is not the control that parents exert over and above the children, but rather a life line that represents guidance and modelling. If we let the string go loose, we will lose the kite. But if we pull the string too tight, we may break it and lose the kite as well. The challenge is knowing when to let loose and when to pull. And that pretty much depends on the wind situation, don't you think so?

Discerning the direction of the wind blowing and the strength of the wind, will aid us in guiding our kites to glide through the blue sky safely and going as high as possible. Do we know our kites and what they are facing well enough to guide them by manoeuvring the string? Perhaps only God is in the best position to fly kites. Indeed, He does. Yet, often we do not notice the strings in both of His hands, because they aren't the type to attract attention. We will only notice them when we see with our hearts. Perhaps then, we can learn a thing or two from the Master?

It is not just parenting that we are reading here. Flying kites can be akin to anything in life that requires us to relinquish unhealthy control but to establish healthy guidance. The former is more interested in preserving and promoting the self, while the latter is more interested in the well being of the kites. The caveat is that good intention is not enough, we also need to learn the art of flying kites like the Master does and being attentive to where the wind of the Spirit is now carrying the kites along. If we pay attention to all these, then we have truly flown some kites together with the Master.

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