A few months ago, a Southwest pilot, Tammie Jo Shults heroically landed flight #1380 in Philadelphia after a midflight engine failure. This 56-year-old Texan mother worked with her co-pilot and safely landed the plane after a 20,000-foot drop in some six minutes. Once on the ground, Tammie Jo walked down the middle aisle hugging the passengers and helping the injured.
As the media began to report on this amazing story, Shults wanted to make sure folks knew “that God was there with her, and that He helped her in getting control of that plane. It was because of God, not me. I am just a teammate and a co-captain. He was the captain.”
Those comments make clear sense when you realize that Shults is a very active member of Hill Country Baptist Church. She has led children’s worship, taught Sunday School for children, middle and high school students and adults.
She has a heart for evangelism and ministries that help the disabled and disadvantaged. And she regularly shares her faith with co-captains on Southwest flights.
You see, Schults’ goal in life is to share her faith and let it resonate and “awaken people’s eyes to how great a God we have.” She works as a pilot, but everyday she serves her King.
Christians have a tendency to bifurcate the Christian life into “sacred” and secular parts. We tend to say, “I go to work every day (that’s the secular part) and I do my sacred duty on Sundays.”
But that is certainly not a Biblical view. In Colossians 3:23, we are told “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not human masters.”
One writer said it this way, “Christianity is not a way of doing certain things, it is a certain way of doing all things.”
This week, as you go about your work (in the living room or the board room) remind yourself of your true purpose. Whether you fly airplanes, dig ditches, change diapers or teach school, you and I have been created in Jesus Christ for good works. The Lord should be popping up everywhere in our daily routine.
The Reformer Martin Luther used to insist that “tailors, cobblers, stonemasons, carpenters, cooks, innkeepers, farmers and all the temporal craftsmen” have been “consecrated” to the work of his trade just as the priest, or pastor has been to his office.
Shults made sure Christ got the attention for her heroic performance. But it was just a natural extension of the rest of her life.
Remember: Our high and holy “calling” begins each day as we open our eyes. Let’s get to it!