A pilot needs two instruments whether the airplane is large or small. He needs a compass and an artificial horizon. The compass tells which way is north. The artificial horizon, also known as the attitude indicator, is an instrument that the pilot uses to discern the orientation of the airplane in relation to the Earth’s horizon. It indicates the pitch and the bank of the aircraft. While flying in the clouds or through inclement weather the pilot can become disoriented. His mind will suggest a false reality, therefore, he must rely on these two instruments to stay on course and to remain oriented properly.
The only internal compass and attitude indicator the natural man has within is a conscience that is often out of calibration due to misuse and abuse. Those who know Jesus as their personal Savior, however, have the inner promptings of the Holy Spirit and a recalibrated conscience. These two prompt the child of God to please God and to love his neighbor as himself. Obedience to this inner prompting assures unity that cannot otherwise be achieved.
Dr. Gayle Woods
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John 13:1-17 (5)
Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) took advantage of the possibilities post-civil war freedom offered. He wrote five books, was an educator, orator and advisor to several US presidents. He urged oppressed, discriminated, and disfranchised former slaves to avoid confrontation. He argued instead, that the black people put their reliance on long-term educational and economic advancement among their people.
One day he was stopped by a wealthy white woman. Having never met Washington, she offered him a job making a few dollars chopping wood for her. Washington smiled and accepted her offer to do the menial chore. He chopped the wood, carried the logs into the house and stacked them by her fireplace. At this time a young girl recognized him and told the wealthy lady who she had hired.
In embarrassment, the woman went to the Tuskegee Institute where he was the president. She was ushered into his office and proceeded to apologize. “It’s perfectly all right, Madam,” he replied. “Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labor. Besides, it’s always a delight to do something for a friend.” His gracious and humble spirit won her heart. As a result she became a catalyst in his fund raising events for the college.
We laud great personalities who been the knee in humility, but none can rival our Lord who left the throne of glory to robe Himself in flesh so that He could show us how to live a life that would be pleasing to God.
by Dr. Gayle Woods