I remember reading these bumper-stickers years ago and thinking, "Well, that's a good one, he is always right there to help out if you need him". But wait! If he is over there then who is driving this JET that is my life? Me??? I have so little experience. What if there is turbulence? What if there is a problem? For that matter, where am I even going anyway. Shouldn't HE be the pilot? I did take some flight lessons a few years ago. Don't ask me why. I just thought is would be exciting and fun. For me, it was neither. It ran me about $1500 US and I still had many hours to go before my solo. The last day, my instructor told me that it was very windy when I got to the airport. I said, "no problem, I have some other things to do anyway today". To which he replied, "Oh, we're still flying today, wind is part of flying...we have to do it". I did fly that day and it was exciting, but in a scaaaary way...it certainly wasn't what I would call fun. I constantly had to fight with the yoke (steering wheel in a plane) and every time we turned (which he had me do over and over), the wind would catch the plane and it would start to flip over! He said that this was normal and if it flipped he could help me get it back under control. Landing was gut-wrenching as well! We had to do a maneuver pilots call "crabbing" where you hold the plane sideways as you land. I couldn't wait to get back in my TRUCK!!! I have thought about my flying experience many, many times. Truth is, it was kind of boring when we were actually flying ( excluding but limited to: landing, taking off, crabbing, or flipping over). But really that is what you want when you are flying...a very boring time. That is how you stay alive. When you apply this scenario to living your life, the pilot seat can be a very unforgiving spot. Maybe you are like me and have had a few crash landings and barely survived. I was very reckless at times in my life and really, aimless as well. I do not want Christ to be my co-pilot. I want him to have complete control of every aspect of my life. SOME FLYING TIPS: 1) Your money...When it comes to tithing...that is really easy, it is all HIS! What a selfish thing to think that you can drop a $5 or $20 or even the whole 10%(WOW!) and the rest is yours to spend however you wish. Think about if you considered every penny HIS and none yours. 2)Your time...what if you didn't have any for yourself. What if every minute was his? (JUST A THOUGHT: If your job has you work lots of hours, why are you working so many hours? Is it for food and rainment or lots of bills and payments for excess?) What if you have to give account of every minute of your life. Kind of like you are on the clock! Guess what? You will!! 3)Your worship. (Remember the verse Matthew 6:21--For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.) I could have put this verse with Money/tithes but in this day and time, it seems that people really do worship actual idols or "things" quite a bit. --3b)Your things. Do you have things that are personally yours? I hope not. 4)Your words. What if you couldn't actually give someone a "piece of your mind?" Why would you want to anyway. Do you think something from your "mind" is going to do them some good? Or do you some? If you speak, make sure they are his words. HINT HERE: Learn lots of scripture, those are HIS words. I believe there is an applicable scripture to every single moment of our lives. If you don't, just keep reading the bible. 5)Your LIFE. Do you actually have a life? GET A LIFE!!! ("Colossians 3:3--For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.") Of course, not just any life. Trade yours for HIS.(1 Corinthians 7:23--Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.) Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. HIS YOKE...remember it is his YOKE...IT IS HIS YOKE!!! Let him drive!!...He owns the airplane of your life if you claim to be a believer. Consecrate everything you have and agree in prayer that it is his (Psalm 50:10--For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.) Ask him to order you thoughts and your day (2 Corinthians 10:5--Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ) . Ask him to "bridle" your tongue (James ch.3--pretty much the whole thing). I believe this to be the way to acquiring a "lighter burden". Happy Flying! ~Greg D.
Brother Greg, I welcome you to the body of Christ fellowshipping at CB and thank God for sending you here. I just read your first two blogs and was blessed by your faithfulness to our Lord. I pray our Father will continue to use you to teach His Church.
Your brother in Christ,
[quote]I believe there is an applicable scripture to every single moment of our lives. If you don't, just keep reading the bible.[/quote]
Love that quote!