Finding God's Winning Spirit


February 6, 2015 | Greg Smith | Freedom


Not too long ago I was working with a client who was trying to put her life together after a divorce. As we delved into her past relational patterns she began to tell me about her first real boyfriend at age 16. In essence, her first real relationship was one of devastating sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She basically spent her high school years fighting for her emotional and physical survival. Unfortunately these same survival techniques later contributed to the failure of her marriage.

The more she worked the more she realized that she had lost her original self. It was during that violent and emotionally traumatic relationship that she decided to give up. She learned that to protect herself she would have to "keep her head down and her mouth shut". In her own words, she had also later capitulated in her marriage and had once again played the role of victim. As a child she had been adventurous, courageous and confident but now she felt afraid, insecure and powerless.

A couple of weeks later she came to her session full of energy; she appeared transformed. I asked her to explain the twinkle in her eye and she replied, "I climbed on to my roof yesterday” (Yea, I know, I did not get it either). She went on to explain that she had to fix her roof and for the first time she did not have someone to rely on to do it for her. Even though she has a small fear of heights she did the job. She told me that standing on that roof she realized that she was once again free of fear and capable of so much more.

“Roof-time” will do that for you! I am not sure about girls but every guy I know can remember the first time they climbed up on the roof. I do not know what was so powerful about it; perhaps it was because we snuck up there (I bet most of us did) or because it was the next best thing to flying. It was awesome because it changed our life perspective (like my buddy Joel said. “You can see the Mall from here”). It freed us from the earth and gave wings to our feet and hearts – It was scary and exhilarating all at the same time. I can remember thinking one thing, “I want to go higher”.

We all need to climb up on the roof every now and then. When we get marred down in life and feel that our feet are growing roots we need to cut loose – we need some roof-time. When we become near-sighted and lose our perspective we need to elevate.  The truth is that we are not originally from here – it is neither our place of origin nor our destination. We are sojourners in a foreign land.  It is only through Christ that we are able to break free of this world.  “Those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).

I appreciate what my courageous client taught me – that the answers to life are not only found within but most often are from above. We cannot go through life with our heads down; we need to remember to look up. My suggestion is to start on the roof-top and then “go higher”.  One thing is for sure, from there, you will be able to see more than the Mall! 

Paul had it right –   “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God…” (Colossians 3:1-3).

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