Given my private pilot history, and my husband’s extensive commercial pilot experience, we watch a lot of aviation shows. I am so overwhelmed with the skilled and disciplined pilots who fight to the end, never giving up, sometimes to a safe, or at least survivable, landing, sometimes to disaster. They continue to apply their knowledge and skills, trying different methods, never giving in, never giving up. I admire them. And I ache when they don’t make it.
And I am dismayed by the less trained or careless pilots who make serious mistakes.
There is a lesson there for us.
From the spiritual point of view as Christians, we are in Christ’s army, we are to grow in the knowledge and grace of God, and we are to stay faithful through this troubled time. We are never to give in. We are never to give up. We are to fight to the finish.
The difference from aviation, of course, is that we know we are headed to eternity with God. Regardless if, from the world’s perspective, we fail, as long as we stay faithful to the Lord, we are successful.
Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:67-69)
Stand firm in your belief.
Never Give In
In our post-Christian world, we increasingly have pressure to agree with society in ways that contradict God’s word. Don’t do it!
Never Give Up
Right to the end, keep the faith. Keep fighting.
Finish the Fight
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)