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“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” –Henry Ford


Hi, John Maxwell here. Henry Ford said, “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

Welcome to Minute with Maxwell. I love that quote by Henry Ford because it's so true. He's basically saying that the airplane has no chance of getting off the ground unless it has some opposition. It's got to go into the wind to be lifted to the heights of its possibility. So let's talk about opposition for just a moment.

I was thinking about this recently and I thought, you know, the winds of opposition, the winds of adversity, when we come into them, there are three possibilities. First of all, it can drift us. The winds of opposition can get us off course. And, drifting is never good. So if you're drifting during difficulty, that's not a positive. But, secondly, it can sift us. And sifting can be very good because sifting, you think of that as separating the good from the bad. And if you let difficulties separate and get the bad out of us, and we begin to hold onto the good. In those cases, sifting is good. But what I also know, as Henry Ford knew about that airplane, is that the winds of opposition can lift us. They can take us to higher ground.

So the question I have for you on Minute with Maxwell today is very simple. When faced with opposition going down the runway of life, will you let that opposition cause you to drift, sift, or lift you? I'm betting that drifting, after today, will not be on your calendar anymore. We're going to let it sift us and make us better and lift us and make us bigger.

Thanks for being with me today on Minute with Maxwell.

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