Win the Year – Week 2: Fly the Kite

Blog Post: Fly the Kite


On November 9, 1847, a seemingly insurmountable engineering challenge faced civil engineer Charles Ellet, Jr.: building a bridge over the Niagara Gorge. The solution came unexpectedly through a kite-flying contest, won by a 15-year-old named Homan Walsh. This seemingly small event set in motion the construction of the world’s first railway suspension bridge. The lesson? Small beginnings lead to significant achievements. This principle is central to the series “Win the Year,” exploring ways to navigate challenges and seize opportunities.

Principle 1: Flip the Script

Last week, the series introduced the principle of “flip the script.” It emphasizes that challenging situations can be transformed for good. Relying on the Spirit’s refining work and viewing difficulties as growth opportunities are essential to winning the year.

Principle 2: Fly the Kite

In this post, we delve into the second principle, “Fly the Kite.” Zechariah’s insights on Zerubbabel’s endeavor to rebuild the temple provide valuable lessons. Flying the kite signifies starting small, dreaming big, and thinking in the long view.

The principle emphasizes the significance of small actions and opportunities in achieving greatness. It challenges common excuses for delaying generosity, service, or stepping up in the face of opportunities.

Keys to Flying the Kite

Three essential keys are highlighted:

1. Give Yourself a Start Date

Drawing inspiration from Martin Luther King Jr.’s journey, the importance of a start date for pursuing dreams is emphasized. If God has called you to it, delayed obedience is disobedience.

2. Dream Big, Start Small

Starting small involves going public with dreams, sharing them with supportive individuals, and remembering the future to stay focused.

3. Count the Days

Every day counts, especially when pursuing a God-given dream. Counting the days creates winning streaks, and consistency is vital.


Flying the kite is a metaphor for embracing small beginnings, dreaming big, and thinking in the long view. Whether facing personal goals, overcoming challenges, or building a lasting legacy, the principles outlined provide a roadmap to win the year. As Ephesians 3:20-21 proclaims, God can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine when we rely on His power within us. So, let’s commit to flying the kite and winning the year ahead.

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