100 Ways to Cope With Stress – Day 28 – Teach a child to fly a kite

I’ve never had the opportunity to teach a child to fly a kite, but I have enjoyed flying them many times in the past as a child myself. I always looked forward to the gusty winds of March. My neighborhood friends and I would rush to grab whatever craft materials we could find to fashion a rustic kite in a matter of moments. Then, we ourselves would fly like the wind outside to put our kites in the air. We always competed with each other to see whose kite would be the first to catch the up-draft and soar freely. Even though that was many decades ago, I can still recall the exhilaration of flying my kite. It was freedom!

If you want to hear a cute little song from Mary Poppins called Let’s Go Fly a Kite, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGaTfGHELV4.

There is much freedom being a follower of Christ. Galatians 5:1, 13 says, Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

But a kite tail can easily get entangled in all sorts of things like wires or trees. When that happens, the kite is not free and cannot be flown successfully. That was stressful and sad as a child to see that happen. How much more stressful and sad to see a Christian, who once experienced the freedom Christ gave them to walk unhindered, for them to be entangled again in the ways of the world.

Go out on the first windy day and teach a child to fly a kite. Hopefully, it will remind you of the freedom you have in Christ.


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