I was reading an article the other day which talked about the influence of a flight instructor. It stated that most pilots, even after they've been flying for many years, still hear their flight instructor's voice in their heads, saying key phrases he would often say. This made me think about my own flight instructor and his key phrases. The first one that popped into my head was "Do whatever it takes." He repeats this phrase in all kinds of situations. I'll be doing a maneuver where I have to stall the airplane while losing minimum amounts of altitude and keeping the plane in the same direction and he'll say, "Keep your heading! Do whatever it takes!" Or as I'm landing, he'll remind me to "Land on the center line! Do whatever it takes!"

I'm in Daytona Beach, Florida, as I write this, attending the Southern Union Evangelism Conference. The meetings so far have been incredibly inspirational. Strategies and ideas have been shared. Creative evangelism has been encouraged. As the presenters have shared their messages, I can almost hear them saying, "Win souls for Christ! Do whatever it takes!" Isn't this the same sentiment Paul seemed to have when he wrote to the Corinthians, "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22)? Our purpose on this earth is to save souls. Let's do whatever it takes to save those around us.

Doing whatever it takes,

Pastor Sutherland