A Kite’s Tail

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function. Ro 12:4

During the Sunday “children’s sermon,” a pastor gathered the little ones around him and told this story:

On a breezy March day, the town mayor happened through the park where a small boy was flying the kitelargest, most beautiful kite he had ever seen. It soared so high and floated so gently, the mayor was sure it must be visible from the next town. Since his little town did not have many things of note to it’s credit, the mayor decided to award a “key to the city” to the one responsible for setting this spectacle aloft. “Who is responsible for flying this kite?” the mayor inquired.

“I am,” said the boy. “I made the kite with my own hands. I painted all the beautiful pictures and constructed it with scraps I found in my father’s workshop. I fly the kite,” he declared.

“I am,” said the wind. “It is my whim that keeps it aloft and sets the direction it will go. Unless I blow, the kite will not fly at all. I fly the kite,” the wind cooed. 

“Not so,” exclaimed the kite’s tail. “I make it sail and give it stability against the wind’s whims. Without me, the kite would spin out of control and not even the boy could save it from crashing to the ground. I fly the kite,” declared the tail.

“Now who flies the kite?” the pastor asked. “They all do!” said several kids in unison. Smart kids!

Sometimes adults aren’t so smart. In the hurry of a business day, it’s easy to forget that the boss or team leader is just that, the leader of the team. Each member is important in keeping projects moving and meeting goals. Take a moment to consider your coworkers. Ask yourself, “How would our progress be changed if that person’s job didn’t exist?” Next time you pass their work area, tell them you’re glad they are part of the team!


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