I recently read an article about a sailor who was forced to abandon ship in the Atlantic during a hurricane. The coast guard rescued him but the sailboat was left adrift…no sails up…no motor running…just the wind, waves and ocean currents to determine its destiny. Years later the barnacle encrusted vessel washed ashore on the British isles.
Staying afloat is nice, but insufficient. Sailboats were designed for more than just staying afloat…and so were you.
We call it the “golden rule”: Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Jesus said this is the essence of what the prophets taught.
But our first instinct seems to be: Do to others as you think they deserve.
Nevertheless, it seems precisely what our culture, our homes, and the world needs right now.
Are Chip and Joanna of ‘Fixer Upper’ fame lucky at love?
Or do they make the right relational choices?
Is Matt Damon a great actor?
Or does he just make great choices of which roles to take?
Was Mother Teresa predestined to know God deeply?
Or did she intentionally make choices that opened her spiritually?
Wise choice makers do better in every arena of life. Exponentially so!
Every day you make critical choices in regard to work, relationships, finances, health, spirituality…
Oh and you should know…not choosing is still a choice but usually not the best one.
This week I walked by a young girl all covered in body armor learning to ride a bike and I had a flash back to my own experience.
No helmet, no pads and no training wheels. No video to watch, no book to read. Just get on and go. I fell but got back on. Fell again, but got back on. Crashed into a tree, but got back on.
I learned by doing. Doing it wrong. Doing it awkwardly. Doing it painfully. But nevertheless by doing.
I am learning some basic French…feels a lot like it did learning to ride a bike. Maybe this approach works for more than bikes.
The One I follow said we should do some counter-intuitive things like:
. give to the one who asks you
. if someone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles
. love your neighbor as yourself
So all week long the news feeds I get have streamed the video of Dr. David Dao being roughed up and dragged off a United Airlines plane when no one volunteered to give up their seat on the overbooked flight. Somehow the lot fell on him and he refused to cooperate with their mandate. A remarkably unfortunate incident on so many levels and one that could have been avoided in several ways.
In a conversation about the incident with my staff, someone asked this question: “Were there no Christians on board that plane?”.
So I have asked myself, how would I have responded had I been on that plane as the scene played out? Would I have stepped up to give up my seat for someone else and thus have my plans or my vacation being messed with? Or would I have just breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn’t me.
What does it look like to live this Jesus life on over-booked planes…and everywhere else for that matter.