Commentary

November 1, 2013

Chaplain thoughts

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
— Anne Frank

While traveling, Joe bought a small bag of cookies from the airport snack shop. He found his gate, sat down and took his laptop out of his backpack. A little while later a gentleman came and sat down two seats over. After a couple of minutes, Joe noticed, out of the corner of his eye, that the gentleman took a cookie from the bag on the seat between them. Joe couldn’t believe the audacity of this complete stranger just taking one of his cookies. Joe quickly reached in the bag and took a cookie as he stared at the stranger eating the cooking he had taken. The stranger nodded at him with a big smile as if to say, “Thanks.”

After a little while of sitting there hot under the collar trying to focus on his laptop, Joe noticed the gentleman reaching into the bag and grabbing yet another cookie! Joe thought, “Who does this guy think he is taking my cookies?” Joe quickly reached into the bag to get the last cookie before the “crazy guy” next to him ate it also. Again the guy looked at Joe and smiled with a nodded as if to say, “Thanks.” Joe thought, “Yeah, I bet you’re thankful for the free cookies!”

Soon the plane started to board and the gentlemen got up. Joe, fuming from the ordeal, opened his backpack to insert his laptop and found an unopened bag of cookies. Joe’s cookies!

I dare say that many of us, if put in the same situation, would have responded like Joe. However, think about the attitude of the gentleman who truly owned the cookies? There are so many ways he could have responded, probably in ways Joe thought of, and yet with a smile and nod he took the “high road.” He chose the course of blessing rather than anger. He chose to be polite rather than rude. He said through his action, “what’s mine is yours.”

The next time you think you’ve been “wronged,” try taking the road of blessing rather than anger. You might be surprised at the difference it can make in your life!

Blessings from Above …




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Planning for your future equals success

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” ~ William Arthur Ward Success does not happen accidentally, it takes detailed planning and a vision of the future. I remember the day before I left for basic military training, I tried to imagine what my future...
 
 

Tuition assistance — a great benefit

In my opinion, tuition assistance is one of the best benefits that we as active-duty military members have available. During my 17 years in the Air Force, I have seen this benefit increase from 75 percent of tuition being paid to 100 percent. Additionally, most of us experienced this benefit being eliminated for a short...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Last week I quoted Dr. Billy Graham who said, “Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.” We saw the necessity of forgiveness in all relationships, including personal and divine. Forgiveness allows our relationships to flourish, while a refusal to forgive brings toxicity. The second part of Dr....
 

 

Fly Over: ‘Divergent’ and ‘NO Excuses’

On Netflix ‘Divergent’ After a devastating war that is believed to have destroyed most of the world, a sole colony has survived and thrived, safe-guarded by a giant wall encircling the city. The founders of the city created five factions in which to divide the population based on aptitude scores which determine the faction best...
 
 
History_56-FG-Eggebek-Raid-Flyers

This week in history

April 13, 1945: Raid on Eggebek Seventy years ago this week, the war in Europe was winding down. Late afternoon April 12, 1945, in Warm Springs, Georgia, President Franklin Roosevelt died. At Royal Air Force Boxted in England, ...
 
 

308th FS rich history, poignant ending

After 21 years of continuous service as an F-16 Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, the 308th Fighter Squadron, recently recognized the 2014 Top Fighter Squadron in the 56th Operations Group, will close its doors this summer. Given this sad fact, it is only appropriate that this week’s Thunderbolt commentary focus on this highly...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin