The North Wind and the Sun

Video / Produced by The High Calling

How often do we just keep huffing and puffing, trying to make things happen? Probably more often than any of us wants to admit. It's easy to get caught up in one way of doing things, especially as we get more and more frustrated.

But, as Einstein said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Sometimes it is worth taking time to consider the way we are approaching a problem—or for that matter, to pray about it. A little patience, and the humility to look at other ways of doing things, can go a long way towards shedding some light on the situation.

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TRANSCRIPT: An ancient storyteller named Aesop told a fable about the north wind and the sun. It opens with a challenge about a traveler's cloak. The north wind bets the sun that he can get that cloak off the traveler. The north wind begins to blow, but the harder he blows, the more tightly the traveler wraps his cloak around him. Then comes the sun's turn. The day quickly warms, and the man on the road just as quickly removes his cloak. This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge with a fairly obvious moral about force versus persuasion—about cold strength versus personal warmth. Strength may win battles in the short term, but warmth can win the high calling of our daily work.