I love the freshness of a new year. I think a lot of people do. It’s a new opportunity that hasn’t been spoiled yet. Like most people, I’m hopeful in the new year that I’ll make those investments in myself that will pay off in the long run. A better diet, exercise more, read those books. Well, January has come and gone. February will soon join it, and realities about reaching our goals have become evident. One in particular. To make those improvements a plan is necessary.
I remember seeing an interview with “Captain Sully”, the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson river. He’s gained a lot of fanfare these days. They’ve even made a movie about it, which I haven’t seen. For any pilot, I think he would be a guy to learn from. He seems capable beyond many of his peers. In an interview, he was asked how he came to be able to pull off such an amazing landing under all the pressure and conditions of the incident. His humble response is a lesson for all of us.
“For 42 years, I’ve been making small regular deposits in this bank of experience, education and training, and on January 15, the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”
It wasn’t some great talent that he gave credit to or one giant mountain top experience. It was “small regular deposits”. Proverbs would echo this same truth over and over with statements like, “the hand of the diligent maketh rich” and “go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.”
If you and I would see the Lord use us in great ways, we must be diligent in our preparation. David had already faced the lion and the bear before the giant came along. Peter had his nets cleaned and ready when the Lord’s command came. The Bible teaches us to be faithful in little things so that He might trust us with greater things. It’s our hope God uses us greatly in Indonesia. Pray for us as we are not just raising our support through deputation but making those “small regular deposits” in preparing ourselves to be used for His glory.