Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bishop Wright Was So Wrong!

This is a story about irony. You see in the latter part of the nineteenth century, when the Methodist Church was holding its denominational convention, one leader had stood up and shared his vision both for the church and society at large. He told the ministers and evangelists how he believed someday men would fly from place to place instead of merely traveling on horseback. It was a concept too outlandish for many members of his audience to handle.

Wright Brothers
Only angels can fly?

Suddenly one of the ministers, Bishop Wright, stood up and angrily protested. "Heresy!" he shouted. "Flight is reserved for the angels!" Bishop Wright went on to elaborate that if God had intended for man to fly, He would have given him wings. Clearly, the bishop was unable to envision what the speaker was predicting. He failed to be a dreamer and felt that we should not reach for what seemed impossible for us.

Wright Brothers
The Wright Brothers had proved otherwise.

After Bishop Wright concluded his brief protest, he immediately gathered up his two sons, Orville and Willbur, and left the auditorium. That's right. His sons were Orville and Wilbur Wright. Several years later, on December 17, 1903, those two sons also known as Wright Brothers, did what their father called impossible: they recorded the first human flight (four times). They defied their greatest naysayer and did exactly what he said impossible-flying!

P.S.: So you see, sometimes we need to hold fast and believe in ourselves when the greatest doubters come from someone closest to you. :)