Kite Flying and the Holy Spirit

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values

After dinner, the kids and I decided to go kite flying. It wasn’t as windy as we wanted it to be but it was sufficient. As we were taking turns in flying the kite, I was trying to teach the kids to wait for the wind and then let the wind take the kite up in the air.

Then, I realized that this was a great opportunity to teach them a biblical principle. It dawned upon me that this would be a great teaching moment on the Holy Spirit.

I explained how in life there are so many things we try to do ourselves in our own strength, wisdom or talents. When this happens, we do not go very far… just like the kite. But when we wait upon the Holy Spirit to come upon us (or anoint us) then it makes everything so much easier… just like the wind that takes the kite up… we don’t have to try as hard.

Something just clicked for them as I was teaching this point.

I knew that they understood the principle because as they held on to the kite one of them said, “Just wait… just wait for the Holy Spirit.” Then the other one said, “Yeah… hold on because I can see it coming… the leaves on the trees are moving!” HAHA!

We had a blast.
 
 
 
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This was KiKi’s first time kite flying and she did awesome
 
 
 
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Elliot loved waiting for the “Holy Spirit” to take the kite high up
 
 
 
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Josiah was trying to beat everyone with the longest hang time

Sixth Year Anniversary of 9/11

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

It is hard to believe that it has been 6 years since the 9/11 attacks. With the busyness of life it is easy to forget. But today as I was driving my kids to school, when I heard the song, I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me. They added a montage of various recordings of actual conversations of people during the 9/11 tragedy and various snippets of speeches by people and the president. For some reason it made me cry. It was very powerful. I was thinking about all the Christians who are now with the Father. Who would have ever imagined that it was going to be their last day here on earth?

Also, as I was walking into the elevator of the parking structure, I was struck with the memory of first hearing the news about the first plane crashing into the Twin Towers. In fact it was the same elevator where a man asked me if I have heard the news. I remember going to the office and checking the news websites and seeing some of the pictures and then calling Christina.

In the wake of the 6th anniversary of 9/11 Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda have produced a video with a stern rebuke towards Americans. For some reason it got me thinking especially with some of the things that he said on the tape.

Bin Laden was giving the Americans “the solution” to the war in Iraq and all our woes. He said that there are only two things that could end the war – “One is from our side, and it is to escalate the fighting and killing against you. This is our duty, and our brothers are carrying it out. The second solution is from your side… I invite you to embrace Islam.”

Hmm… embrace Islam? That kind of sounds very evangelistic.

What stuck out for me was the difference, even though both Christians and Muslims seek to “evangelize.”

Christ calls Christians to love. I am still trying to find the consistency of jihads and terrorizing people with the Muslims mandate to love.

The Gospel does not need to be forced on people – irresistible grace will call out to people as the Gospel is preached. But if we don’t “embrace Islam” more acts of terror will occur? Hmm.

Christ is alive. Prophet Muhammed is dead. Bin Laden is mortal and will die one day.

Sometimes the differences tell it all. All religions talk about reaching up to God by good works, but Christianity is the only religion that says there is no way to reach up to God, therefore God reached down to us. Amazing grace.