26. Graceful Attitude

cockpit view from a single engine flying in a graceful attitude

We pilots train to recognize and control three aspects of ‘attitude flying:’

  1. Nose position above, on, or below the horizon
  2. Wing bank left, center, or right of vertical
  3. Amount of power between idle and full

We quickly learn that even small attitude variations produce large performance changes. Exceed the specified pitch angle for a maximum-angle climb, and the airplane stalls and falls. Exceed the critical bank angle in a tight, level turn and pull the wings off. Discerning the difference between a maximum performance attitude and disaster demands hours of practice.

As successful missionary candidates, we demonstrate attitudes with focus, determination, and diligence. We consistently control our time, finances, knowledge, skill, and natural impulses. But only a few degrees separate this maximum performance configuration from calamity. The counterfeit distorts the correct attitude ever so slightly. Our old nature embraces the lie, then religion rewards us. The subtle forgery adds the thought, “God owes me something for services rendered. I deserve His favor because I’ve been good. I should be blessed because I’ve followed the rules.”

We hide in rules because grace doesn’t seem fair. Our reborn spirit, on the other hand, confesses our weakness, sinfulness, and total dependence.

So, how do you see His grace adjusting your attitude?

Exodus 2:11-15; Galatians 3:1-5; Matthew 24:4-8; 1 John 2:26-27; Luke 11:42

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