This was sent to me and others on my team recently. Service, contribution and the setting aside of self seems to be that ongoing prompting of the Holy Spirit in mine and Vilmas heart. I was blessed and encouraged by this true event, I hope this will encourage you to look for and act on those unexpected opportunity’s, divine appointments, that show up in our every day lives.
The Power of Kindness
Charles Plumb was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience!
One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!
“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.
I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.
Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he had looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat; a bib in the back; and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said, ‘Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.” Plumb thought of the many hours the sailor had spent at a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.
Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who’s packing your parachute?” Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. He also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plan was shot down over enemy territory – he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.
Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, ask how I can help, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason. As you go through this week, this month, this year, don’t forget that the simple act of kindness can and does change our world. And remember always recognize the people who pack your parachutes.
To make a difference:
That part of us that desires to be set a part, to matter, to contribute beyond “self”, to know our purpose, and to make a contribution to the welfare of “others”. Webster’s Dictionary defines difference as a characteristic that distinguishes one from another or from the average : a significant change in or effect on a situation . Woodrow Wilson was quoted as saying ” You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world, to live more amply, with greater vision, with finer spirit of hope, and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
For even the Son of God came not to have service rendered to him but to serve and to give for (instead of) many
May God bless your life as you pursue him! May Gods love and kindness direct you as we are renewed and strengthened as he does a new thing in our lives, the journey to our new life is on foot, led by the Spirit and Gods Word, to serve Him, and others.
Dwight & Vilma