Today kicks off another school year filled with speaking, coaching, training, working and competing! I am all geared up and eager to start into whatever God has in store for the 2014 season! As I have been preparing for this fall I have been resetting physically, mentally, and spiritually. God has refreshed my heart and has been bringing me back to the beginning of how this whole adventure started. He has opened my eyes to see the original concept of SOAR with a new lens. He has shown me that the true ability to SOAR in life comes not in and of ourselves, but through Jesus, and through His power, and through His Spirit. That is what has made this journey so special; because it’s been a journey with Him.

As I looked up the word SOAR in the dictionary it gave me four definitions that I would like to share with each of you. Every aspect plays its own role in how we see opportunity and respond in this life. Each definition hit me in a different way, and each plays a significant role in our ability to SOAR.

Soar (SÔR) verb:

1. To rise, fly, or glide high and with little apparent effort.

2. To climb swiftly or powerfully.

3. To glide in an aircraft while maintaining altitude.

4. To ascend suddenly above the normal or usual level.

1. To rise, fly, or glide high and with little apparent effort.

Have you ever seen an eagle soar? Or any bird for that matter. Have you imagined what it would be like to take flight and float on the wings of the wind? They make it look effortless. They rise. They fly. They glide high with little to no effort on their own part. It’s a glorious sight! But have you ever seen a bird struggling to fly; struggling against the wind? Fighting with each flap of its wings, using every effort it can muster, and all the while making little to no progress… its exhausting to watch. We look the same way when we try to do things in our own way, with our own plans, and on our own strength. We don’t ask God what opportunities we are supposed to respond to, we try to figure that out on our own. Not only do we exhaust ourselves, but it’s exhausting for others to watch. There are times in our lives, however, that we choose to listen to God’s Spirit, to His promptings, to His plans, and rely on His strength. This is when we find that with little to no effort we begin to SOAR. The wind just picks us up and we start to fly. It feels easy, almost natural, like it was what we were meant to do. We stop relying on our own strength and we learn to rely on His. This is what I feel like God is calling me back to this season. Teaching me once again how to truly SOAR.

2. To climb swiftly or powerfully.

As we begin to understand what it means to see opportunity and respond through God’s Spirit the ascent becomes swift. We have trained ourselves to hear Him in the little things, and pretty quickly the bigger opportunities start to present themselves. The key is that we are learning to respond with the eyes of God and not through our own lens; through God’s Spirit and not by our own efforts. God has promised that according to the riches of His glory we will be strengthened with power through His Spirit in our inner being (Ephesians 3). God is powerful, and His Spirit allows us to respond powerfully. When we trust in Him we can expect big things to happen.

3. To glide in an aircraft while maintaining altitude.

The true ability to fly comes from the ability to maintain altitude. And that ability comes from a well structured aircraft. We cannot glide and maintain altitude on our own. Did you ever try to fly as a kid? I know I did! Off my bed, off the roof, off the chimney (thankfully we had a ginormous trampoline to catch my fall) but fall I did. No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t seem to stay in flight, to maintain altitude like the birds. Without some form of structure or assistance gravity will take over and we will plummet to the ground. If we expect to soar you better believe we aren’t going to do it without some help. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40). My structure or should I say my aircraft is my hope in the Lord. My flight will only maintain altitude so long as I stay in the aircraft.

4. To ascend suddenly above the normal or usual level.

God just reminded me that “what is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18). Each time I look back to an instance in my life where I decided to trust in God’s strength over my own I can see that the outcome was much more than I asked for or could have ever imagined. It’s how He works. He loves to show His kids that He is not “normal” or “usual”, that He is so much more! He is God! Our trust must be in Him if we expect to accomplish things above the normal or usual level during our time here on earth.

All in all God really opened my eyes to the fact that the difference between just making decisions and truly seeing and opportunity and responding lies in our willingness to give our lives to God. It doesn’t make a difference if we are a doctor or a nurse, an architect or a salesman, a server or a nanny, a mom or an athlete… when we respond with His Spirit and in His will then, and only then, will we truly SOAR.