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Topic: Checkout (06/09/11)
TITLE: Mistakes in the Air
By Philip Barrington
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Because of how complex aeroplanes are, a thorough checkout for the new pilot for a particular aeroplane is required to verify the competency of the pilot. It is also important for the pilot to study the flight and operation manual before taking off in the desired aeroplane. A pilot needs to study engine and flight controls, fuel management controls, wing flaps, landing gear and radio equipment techniques. It is also imperative to adhere to the manual for correct take off and landing procedure.
The closest I have come to being checked out in my own experience is when I went for my license the first time. My driving test instructor told me I was doing really good. At that moment I looked away from the road and went over a double line marking on the road I shouldn't had crossed. At that moment, I didn't do so well. I didn't get my license on that particular day.
If a pilot lost focus or wasn't familiar with the instruments, It could be tragic for hundreds of people on board. So it is with us, if we are not familiar with what God wants us to know. While it is without a doubt, our pilot is the Lord Jesus Christ, we need a checkout pilot when we go through unfamiliar experiences in the ministry. Our manual, the Bible needs to be followed for our own lives. Our pride needs to be kept in check so we can become better pilots for our Lord Jesus Christ.
As for my license I got it the next time around, when I changed gears in the car after I turned the corner instead of before the corner.
You see, even when we make mistakes our Lord is still our checkout pilot.
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