Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
A Fighter Pilot's Mindset
If I perish, I perish.
Esther 4:16 (KJV)
My dad, Jack Lewis, was a WWII fighter pilot who flew P-51's in Burma. He won two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Presidential Citation. I asked him the stories behind his medals. He said simply, 'I lived.'
Captain Lewis saw many pilots perish. Most of them had wives or worries. They feared what might be lost. As for my Dad, he was 'all in.' He was ready and willing to die. But he lived.
Queen Esther had everything most women want: beauty, fame, fortune, and love. But a moment of decision came when she had to risk her life to save her people. She said simply, 'If I perish, I perish.' But she lived. So did they.
Jesus Christ had friends and thousands of followers - a wondrous ministry of healing and teaching. But at the time appointed by His Father, he 'steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem' (Luke 9:51), though a cross awaited him there.
Are we willing to follow Jesus? 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it' (Luke 9:24). It's a perfect paradox.
Jesus was the test pilot of a new and amazing covenant. Through the fire in a perfect ascent, He defeated Satan. Jesus blew open the doors of eternity and invited us to follow Him.
Actors, models and talent for Christ have an edge: It's the courage of performance that laughs at safety and risks loss from audition to audition - seemingly for a part in a play. But, here's the thing: they've already been cast.
They already won the role. If they get shot down in a dogfight for a booking, it's just a simulation--to test their reaction. In reality, they're flying high. God is showing them off as His brave fighter pilots in hot action scenes.
By embracing a fighter pilot's mindset, they win. Their victory party awaits. It's only a matter of time.