Please take 20 seconds to read this excerpt from Mark Evans and see if one of Arnie’s habits leaps off the page. It did for me. From AOPA 9/26
“AOPA corporate pilot Mark Evans said he was learning about Cessna’s Citation CJ3 jet at Flight Safety International in Orlando, Florida, when the golfing great alighted from a black Cadillac Escalade for recurrent training in his Citation X. “He was close to 80 years old at the time and he’d greet everybody in the morning,” said Evans. “That ready smile of his put everyone at ease and started the day just right.”
Everyone who has ever actually became a golfer knows the importance of daily practice. Even the greatest natural talent must be honed to a fine edge and Arnie was near religious about this concerning his golf game. He had the trophies to prove it.
The principle was true in his love for General Aviation and what it enabled him to accomplish in his business. He held or holds the world speed record for flying a Cessna Citation X in a closed course reaching 467 knots back in 1997.
Here’s a key to his greatness and perhaps a shot in the arm for you as you follow the footprints of Jesus in your journey. Palmer was near 80 years old when this happened:
“for recurrent training in his Citation X.”
For years the failure of Christians to learn to practice “recurrent training” in the important areas of walking with Jesus has perplexed me. I know of no profession that does not require recurrent training in order to excel. In our walk with Jesus it is imperative to renew different aspects that we haven’t used. Neglect of the basics hinders us when the unexpected hits us head on. Life, like flying a jet plane, is for the most part mundane. Day after day just a few of the skills needed are used and we become a little rusty on the myriad of events that may come out of the blue and demand the precise, immediate action that we know, but seldom use. Flying any type of airplane is the same in this regard. In golf, aviating, or simply living for the Lord, situations will demand precise response. Lives depend on accurate decisions and implementing them, swiftly.
So, how long has it been since you patiently went over the truths we know, but seldom use, concerning the effective walk with Jesus? Do you even remember them? Is it past time for a little refresher course on the fine art of living? Life may demand this expertise at any moment.
Copyright © 2016 Larry Lilly
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