At the beginning of the year I always have a tendency to see the days ahead as an opportunity to do better – to improve and give fresh views to my life. Turning to God is something I did a very long time ago. One of the things I have learned throughout my life is that I cannot enlist any better support system than what God offers to me. Virtually every day offers some telltale sign that God has been in the micromanagement of my life.
As I have mapped out my goals for this new year, I have realized even more that it does not take January 1 to come around in order to take a fresh look at my life or to make important plans. Every day that I have God’s support is a day that I can do something magnificent with my life – even if no one else is aware of it! For me, organizing my pantry may be my day’s magnificent accomplishment. On another day, it may be completing my next manuscript. Yet, with God’s direction in hand, I know that, with Him, my most magnificent accomplishments are the brief tender ones – sharing a hug with a friend, teaching a grandchild how to make cookies, or perhaps just showing a small kindness to a stranger.
As we head into this new year, I hope that you will utilize God as a critical part of your life and recognize the tender mercies and blessings that surround you in spite of the challenges and difficulties!
Today’s story struck a cord with me. I hope it will for you as well!:
WHO PACKED YOUR PARACHUTE TODAY
Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a 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 6 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 might have 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 on 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. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane 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, 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, recognize people who pack your parachute.
– Author Unknown –
Today’s story shared from the following website: http://godslittleacre.net/inspirationalstories/who_packed_your_parachute_today.html
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