Let’s Go Fly A Kite… Need A Tail?

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Let's Go Fly A Kite...!, Podcasts
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Kite TailsMany people overlook the importance of tails when flying kites. They are not simply decorative extras, they also serve to keep the kite stable and pointing in the right direction. Professionally made kites come with the correct tail, so this post and podcast will concentrate on tails for kites made by the occasional hobbyist.

Kite tails are a quick way to add color and size to your kite and can make a work of art even more dramatic. Yep, i’m going to share with you my spiritual connection to kite tails. Whether flying a kite or entering into the presence of God, both can be enhanced by adding a tail.

While my spiritual kite tail could be most anything, i’m going to correlate it to patience. Adding patience to my circumstances is a quick way to add color, size, or more specifically perspective. With a change in perspective my circumstances can become a work of art as God weaves His purpose, His plan, His grace into every fiber of them. What was a dramatic disaster, can in the blink of an eye become a masterpiece. Patience can most definitely help me soar for longer periods of time.

Kite tails add stability to my kite in stronger winds by adding drag to the kite, making it fly better. In light winds my kite will need less tail or maybe no tail at all.

Patience adds stability to my circumstances when their strong, or more difficult circumstances. Patience adds drag to the circumstances, making them more manageable and in light or easier circumstances i may need less patience or maybe no patience at all.

Adding Kite Tails

Tails should be added to the kite symmetrically that is balanced on both sides of the kite, such as one long tail in the middle, two tails of even length on each side of the kite, or a single tail looped from one side of the kite to the other.  You can add additional loops, which can also be attached to other loops adding even more drag.  Make sure your tail is firmly attached.

Patience should be added to my circumstances symmetrically as well. Balanced on both side of the circumstances, such as one long tail in the middle. Here’s just one example as applied to relationships… Matthew 5: 43-48 “You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.

Verse 48 summarizes it “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Symmetrical, balanced on both sides.

To apply it to another area of my life i went to James 1: 2-3 where he says, “Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience….”

This is saying, Kite tails are a quick way to add color and size to your kite and can make a work of art even more dramatic.

How Much to Add

A general guide is to add 3 to 8 times the length of the kite, but the only real way to know is to try. Remember: more tail = more weight = more drag. Too much drag and your kite will not fly. Surveyor ribbon tape is lightweight and an easy way to add colorful long tails to your kite.

Oh this is so good… how much patience should i add? James says it with absolute clarity, “But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.”

And then in verse 12 he says, “Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor’s] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.”

Many times i overlook the importance of patience when getting into the presence of God. Patience is not simply a decorative extra, Patience serves to keep me stable and pointing in the right direction. Being God-made i come with the correct tail, or better said, correct kind and amount of patience.

In closing, With my fist holding tight to the string of my kite… Let’s Go Worship… “External religious worship that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God, visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.” James 1:27

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