by James Merritt

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God's Will: Don't Leave Home Without It (2 of 5)
James Merritt
Romans 12:1-2


1. It was one of those attention-grabbing headlines that made me stop and read the article. The headline read: ''Plane With A Mind Of Its Own Crashes.'' The story that followed was not only very funny, but illustrated a great truth. Here is the story:

2. Paul Sirks owned a Vintage single-engine plane, a 1946 Aeronca Champ. He had landed the plane at Grimes Field Airport in Urbana, Ohio, because of mechanical problems. The plane's engine had stalled on the runway and Sirks got out to restart it by hand-turning the propeller. That is when the fun began.

3. Once the engine started, he could only watch helplessly as the plane, on its own, taxied away from him and took off by itself. The plane was also trimmed for landing, which means the nose was trimmed up, so it just started climbing.

4. For two hours that plane flew itself. It climbed to about two thousand feet, circled the area for about five minutes, and then finally headed Northeast. Another pilot and the State Highway Patrol tracked the plane, which reached about twelve thousand feet near the end of its flight.

5. It finally crashed ninety miles away from where it took off, and was totally destroyed. The obvious truth of that story is without a pilot a plane will inevitably crash.

6. But there is a greater truth for all of us. Our lives are like that plane, and without God piloting our life, and us flying according to His will, the plane of our life will also eventually crash. The Apostle Paul wrote in Eph. 5:17, ''Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.''

7. The wisest thing you will ever do with your life is to find the will of God, and do it. That is also one of the five greatest lessons parents can ever teach their children.

8. I don't guess any pastor has ever been asked a question more than this one: ''How can I know the will of God for my life?'' Unfortunately, ...

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