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Who packs your chute?


Who packs your chute?  

Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day. 
Charles Plumb was a fighter pilot in Vietnam.  After 75 combat missions, his plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.  Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands.  He spent six years in a Communist prison, survived it, and loves to share the things God taught him there.
One of the lessons Charles Plumb relates concerns the day he and his wife were dining in a restaurant and met a man at a nearby table.  "You're Plumb!" the man said.  "You flew jet fighters in 'Nam.  From the carrier Kitty Hawk.  You were shot down!"
"How in the world did you know all that?" asked Plumb.
"Oh, I'm the one who packed your parachute," the fellow said.
Plumb was stunned speechless.
The man smiled and said, "I guess it worked."
Charles Plumb said, "It sure did work.  If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn't be here today."
That night Plumb lay awake thinking about the man who had packed his parachute.  He tried to imagine how the man may have looked in a Navy uniform.  He says, "I wondered how many times I might have passed him on the Kitty Hawk.  I wondered how many times I might have seen him and not ever said 'Good morning,' 'How are you?' or anything else.  Because you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor."
Plumb thought of the hours that sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands the fate of someone he didn't know.
These days, when Plumb tells this story, he looks out at his audience and asks, "Who packs your chute?"
Who is that person who helps you accomplish your goals?
For Midvalley Bible to accomplish its goals of reaching the lost, building up the saints and glorifying God we all need to be reminded that we have a job to do. May I encourage you to find that job and do it. Others are depending on you!
See you Sunday! 
In the light of His glory and grace,   
Pastor Doug