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Who Packs Your Parachute?

Charles Plum, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a jet fighter pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent six years in a Communist prison. He survived that ordeal and now lectures about lessons learned from that experience.

One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”

“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.


A Revival of Politeness

The following is a great little story or illustration from Mark Batterson's book entitled, “Please, Sorry, Thanks” –

For the love of Emily Post, we need a revival of politeness, and it starts with please.   “It sets the tone for whatever follows and is one of the most universal manners.”  (The Magic Words – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.)

Nothing primes the pump like please, especially if you put a pretty in front of it.  How does it work?  “It changes a command into a request.”  (The Magic Words – The Emily Post Institute, Inc.)

News flash: No one wants to be told what to do!

When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he stopped by a church barbecue after a long day on the campaign trail.  As he made his way down the serving line, he asked whether he could have a second piece of chicken.  The woman serving the chicken said, “Sorry.  Only one to a customer.”  Governor Herter was a humble man, but he was also hungry.  “Do you know who I am?  I'm the governor of the state.”  Without skipping a beat, the woman replied, “Do you know who I am?  I'm the lady in charge of the chicken.  Move along, mister!

Demands come across as entitled, governor or not.  A simple please levels the playing field.  It will get you further than your title, your rank or your credentials.  Authenticity trumps authority, like a royal flush.  The word please demonstrates a posture of humility, and no one did it better than Jesus.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant.  Philippians 2:5

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Build Me a Son – Father’s Day Bulletin Article

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.


Somebody Said (Motherhood Bulletin Article)

Somebody said it takes about six weeks to get back to normal after you’ve had a baby. Somebody doesn’t know that once you’re a mother, normal is history.

Somebody said you learn how to be a mother by instinct.
Somebody never took a three-year-old shopping.

Somebody said being a mother is boring.
Somebody never rode in a car driven by a teenager with a driver’s permit.

Somebody said “good” mothers never raise their voices.
Somebody never came out the back door just in time to see her child hit a golf ball through the neighbor’s kitchen window.


The Meanest Mother in the World – Bulletin Article

We had the meanest mother in the whole world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs, and toast. When others had a Pepsi and a Twinkie for lunch, we had to eat sandwiches. And you can guess our mother fixed us a dinner that was different from other kids had, too.

Mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times. You’d think we were convicts in a prison. She had to know who our friends were, and what we were doing with them. She insisted that if we said we would be gone for an hour, we would be gone for an hour or less.