BPGINDWMY - Translation: Be Patient, God Is Not Done With Me Yet
FILING YOUR FLIGHT PLAN
Those of us who have spent many years in the airline industry know how essential it is for a departing flight crew to file a good flight plan, detailing each phase of the flight from beginning to the end and anticipating any en-route problems. But how many of us have made out a flight plan for how we will progress through our life on earth, dealing with problems that we may encounter? The unfortunate truth is that many have not thought that through. We wander through life, like most people in our world, depending on ourselves to resolve daily problems. I personally tried to plan and run my life my way and wondered why so many things went wrong. Relationships deteriorated, and many things I did to find happiness seemed to end in failure. I was left feeling very empty inside, thirsting for something of substance but not being able to obtain it. A need for a change in the course of my life was apparent. By the grace of God, after many years of drifting in this confused world, I came to realize that when one encounters turbulence that becomes progressively severe, one should chart a new course. I was blessed to have loving Christian parents and a sister who were wonderful models for me. I settled in a friendly church that was founded on sound biblical principles. I discovered that God loved me,and had a wonderful plan for my life (Romans 5:8). As I studied the Bible (my Operations Manual) I found wonderful truths and promises and a way out of my dilemma. I read that man (and woman) is sinful and separated from God and that Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin (Romans 3:23). I further read that each of us must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord (I Timothy 2:5). So I received him and turned my life over to Him, a decision not made on an emotional basis. No earth shattering changes came into my life right then and there, but spiritual growth began and changes in my life did follow. Each day brings new insights through the Word of God and growth continues. Sometimes I move forward and some days backward, but overall the progress is in a forward direction. I look to God for solutions, drawing on His infinite wisdom as creator of all things. He provides the answers in His way and they are always correct. What do you think the outcome would be if someone purchased a new aircraft, but because of personal pride and based on previous flight experience they refused to read and follow the manufacturer's operation manual? It is very likely that the aircraft would crash on the first takeoff and the lives of all occupants would be lost. Well, we have available to us an operations manual for our lives, given to us by our manufacturer. The manual I refer to is the Holy Bible, and our Creator is the author who inspired the writing. It was given to us that we might have an abundant life, God’s way, not our way. If we refuse to follow His manual, we should not be surprised that our lives “crash and burn.” God really does love each of us, and he does have a wonderful flight plan for our lives. We simply need to confess our need for Christ in our lives (Romans 10:9). Won’t you file your flight plan with him today for a better life tomorrow and into eternity? You do have a choice for a new life or the old life. 1 John 5:12-13 tells us, "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."
We live in a very troubled and confused world. Many in our midst have lost jobs that once were secure. There is tendency to be concerned over what tragedy tomorrow will bring. Have you prepared your flight plan? What is your hope? I pray that you will make the right choice and adopt the principles found in the flawless operations manual given to us by our Creator.
(Written by Dick Kalman - Retired World Airways Manager in Education and Training and longtime participant in FCAP)
Dick Kalman - member of Fellowship of Christian Airlines Personnel