Orville and Wilbur Wright: A Vision That Goes Airborne

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Not many people build or service bicycles vocationally.  Two men who did, however, were not satisfied with traveling on the ground and ultimately acted on their longings to create a machine that could soar above the earth and fly like a bird.  In 1903, after much engineering and many disappointing attempts, Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully launched a flying machine on the sand hills of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.  It stayed in the air 12 seconds and flew 120 feet.  Aviation was born!  Ironically, five years later, Wilbur came forward with this startling admission: “I confess that in 1901, I said to my brother Orville that man would not fly for fifty years!”  Can’t never could; well, almost never.  It actually did in this case but Wilbur had to eat his words.

As we go about our daily workplace responsibilities, it can become very easy to be negative and pessimistic, listing all the reasons “why this would never work.”  (This is natural if our best efforts have heretofore failed.)  Think of what Wilbur would have missed had he actually believed that it would be fifty years… For certain, had he really given up on his idea, he would have never gone airborne.  So what is it that you are missing out on today- vocationally speaking- simply because you don’t think you can?  This has nothing to do with the power of you.  It has everything to do with the creative power of God and your willingness to place your faith in His hands and allow Him to work in and through you to make a difference in the context of your work and calling.   Luke tells us about Jesus in his hometown of Nazareth that, “He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”  (13:58)

Stop finding reasons for why something will not work in your company. If God has called you to do or attempt something, then just do it.

Keep trying.  He will help you find a way.  He didn’t say it would always be easy.  You will ultimately become an inventor of sorts because God is the author of creativity.

Pray.  And pray for an increased measure of faith on your part then simply trust Him.

Avoid quitting at all costs even though your idea hasn’t yet “seemed to fly.”  Maybe you need to re-engineer the design or modify the plan.

Be persistent and expect Christ to do great and mighty things as you do all you can while you lean on Him for the increase or outcome.

There’s no telling what He might do in you.  By the way, who was the first man to actually set foot on the moon?  Hint:  It was not Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the Audion tube, who on February 25, 1967 declared, “Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances.”  Have a great day; make it count.  Jump off your sand dune and fly!

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