At church last Sunday, the preacher showed a picture of a hot air balloon that had been tethered to the ground.

It still floated, it still gave the passengers a nice view, but it wasn’t flying as high as it could.

This image describes a lot people.

They’re not stuck on the ground.

They are still higher than they were a year ago.

But they’re not flying as high as they could.

They’re still playing it safe.

Today, I want to encourage you to cut the ropes.

To let go of the habits, attitudes and relationships that are holding your back.

To reach your full potential.

To soar.

I know that there are risks involved, but the risks in staying tied down are much greater.