Today’s Scripture: I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavoring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3

I’m sure you these lyrics will sound pretty familiar to you:

With tuppence for paper and strings
You can have your own set of wings
With your feet on the ground
You’re a bird in flight
With your fist holding tight
To the string of your kite
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let’s go fly a kite
And send it soaring…

Have you ever thought about how many things are involved in making a kite fly? Obviously, Mary Poppins had it down pretty well. Think about this for a moment though, what would happen if all the necessary elements required to make the kite were busy arguing about who is actually flying the kite. What if the string was arguing with the paper about who was more visually pleasing? What if the wood disagreed with the glue about who was actually holding everything together?

Too many times we as believers are distracted by who is more important in the church. Is it the music pastor, the secretary, the Sunday school teacher, or the soloist? We all want to feel like we are flying the “kite”-making the biggest impact in the most glorious way in our local church. That desire for others to see us is our selfish human nature. If we give in to that fleshly thinking, we will become discontented with the way the Lord is using us at this very moment. As a result, pride, envy, jealousy, and discord will weigh down our kite and keep it from getting off the ground.

Who is flying the kite? Are you living as though you are too good or not good enough to do what God has called you to do? Either extreme will weigh you down. Don’t get distracted by the individual gifts of others. Make it a priority in your life to learn how to work together with those that God has called you to serve alongside. Let the Holy Spirit work in and through you. If you are wiling, He will give you the ability to soar for His glory!

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.