Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Growing up, I had a neighbor who was a pilot. One year, for my brother’s birthday, he kindly gifted my entire family with an airplane ride in a 4-seater plane. In addition to the thrill of a prop plane flying experience was the opportunity for a spectacular aerial view of our hometown, Denver.
I can still remember how excited I was on the day of our intrepid flight. After arriving at the community airport, our neighbor-now-flight-captain began walking us through all the various aspects of preparing the plane for flight. At one point he pulled out a checklist on a clipboard. He showed us how the list covered every part in the plane for functionality and safety. The list seemed endless. Every part and system had to be in perfect working order for the flight to be successful. One deficient component could be the difference between taking off or being grounded.
That checklist helped me to see how serious it was to fly a plane. It makes sense. Flying in a plane can be a very dangerous endeavor. After all, if something goes wrong at 15,000 feet, it’s not like you can just pull over and call a tow-truck!
Pre-flight checks for flying airplanes are reasonable and essential. They save lives. That said, have you ever wondered if regular check-ups in other areas of life might keep us soaring skyward, safe from crashing and burning? What if we applied a careful, thoughtful, flight check attitude to our relationship with Jesus? Not as a checklist of do’s and don’ts, but as a simple, intentional way to “live life to the full” while avoiding navigational difficulties… or worse?
The difference between blue-sky soaring and emergency landing could be as simple as frequent flight checks.
Try some of these Flight Check questions with God:
Am I investing quality time with Jesus?
Am I resting?
Am I actively seeking to do things Jesus teaches me?
Am I listening for and to His shepherding voice?
Has something other than Jesus snuck into the #1 spot in my life?
Am I treating others the way Jesus instructs us to?
Is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness and the like marking the fruit of my life
or is hatred, discord, jealousy, etc.?
Will I address any discovered issues with God before “taking off”?
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