I had the privilege of joining thirteen million people watch Nik Wallenda, a seventh generation entertainer ‘King of the High Wire’, become the first to walk a high steel wire across Niagara Falls.
I’ve visited Niagara Falls. It is both beautiful and awesome. Horseshoe Falls, is 2,600 feet across with a vertical drop of 188 feet with a volume of 100,000 cubic feet per second. The green colored water originates in Lake Erie and carries 60 tons/minute of sand and rock. Wallenda chose the path of 1,800 feet (550 m) across the widest part of the falls. He slowly inched his way across the slippery wire, praying and praising Jesus Christ as he went.
His daring, skill and integrity is only shadowed by his love for God and his family. During his two hour walk in the dark handicapped by wind, rain, cold, mist television lights and cameras he prayed for his walk and his family God’s will and his sure footing. It was fascinating to watch and listen as a world famous entertainer gave God the glory.
Nik Wallenda is a Christian. His personal motto is a phrase very appropriate for many of us.
“Life is on the wire; everything else is just waiting.” (Nik Wallenda, Balance: A study of Faith, Family and Life on the Line. 2013)
Leadership is deciding where your line is and walking it daily.
Leaders who are living by their values reap a great benefit from the Lord; David said they “will never be shaken.” (Psalm 112:6 NKJV)
Yours in Service
Laurie D. Kennedy