It was a beautiful morning; just the best. Not a breath of wind or a ripple on the surface of the Kaipara Harbor. The Cessna-172 was flying straight and level and hardly intruding on the scene… until the pilot closed the throttle.

He was (ostensibly) practicing stall recovery (I reckon he was trying to put the wind up me!)

The plane slowed noticeably and I jumped when the Stall Warning went off. Three seconds and then we fell from the sky like a stone. Fortunately, stall recovery is basic and straightforward…

Push forward on the control wheel to put the nose down and open the throttle. When a little altitude is exchanged for enough speed, pull back on the control wheel and everything is back to normal again (except for my insides).

50% of air accidents are due to Pilot Error and most are because of distraction from basic flying principles, in other words, the Pilot forgets to fly the plane!

I reckon Christian statistics are similar; we too crash and burn through neglecting the basics of our faith and being influenced instead by the world’s ways.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  John 8:31

 By inference, of course the reverse is also true, that by not holding to His teaching we are not His disciples and will not be set free; possibly even deceiving ourselves about ourselves in the process.

Read once more Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5) and His parables and absorb again His character. Let us return again to our ‘First Love’ (Rev 2) and live according to Jesus’ first principles of flight as imitators of Him so we might shine brightly in a dark world.


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