Go Fly A Kite


I love anything about freedom and it makes me want to go fly a kite. Literally. Nothing is freer than a kite, whipping around in the sky, showing us what the wind can do with a few sticks and a piece of cloth. We’ve had enough wind around here lately to fly kites. The kids next door tried getting one up a few days ago, but it didn’t have a long enough tail, and kept crashing. Finally, they gave up, left it where it fell and it lay there for a couple days until their mom took it indoors.

You should never give up on a kite! I’ve made many a one and they take a lot of stick-to-a-tiveness, in both getting it made, and getting it up. You have to decide what you want to do, put your plan in place, keep at it…and finally, it’ll fly. I remember one kite I made continually got caught in the trees. I’d take it down…make it smaller…send it off again…until it became about the size of a postage stamp. But, I never said die…and it was great fun. I finally hung what was left of it from the ceiling of a long hallway just to remind me to Never Give Up.

I so admire that quality in a person. The Apostle James talks about it in his book, chapter 1:12. He says—”Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate… the reward is life and more life.”

I thought about that verse when I read the story of Mae Laborde, who decided to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. Her first casting call led to a Sears commercial, and then she appeared on Mad TV. After that she was in ads for Lexus automobiles and finally Chase Bank. But, here’s the most enjoyable fact about all that: she was 93. And at the age of 97 she landed a small role in a Ben Stiller movie. I say…GO MAE!!! She never gave up and she’s been rewarded with “life and more life.” I had to laugh at her words of encouragement to folks her age who quit a long time ago: “…get off your rocker and get out there and see what’s going on!”

When a breeze comes your way, fly a kite. And when a door of opportunity swings open before you…get out there and see what’s going on. You never know where the wind of change might take you.