Walking the Deck
I sat quietly reading in my OH SO comfy chair, when my son called out rather energetically. “Mom hurry I NEED you”. As I came into the living room, he hands me a controller to Playstation (like I know what to do with it). He begins to yell out commands, which I assume I am supposed to be following. I took a seat and thus begins the hysterical game playing. I was laughing so hard, I began to wheeze, tears were filling my eyes, the controller nearly falling out of my hands as I bent over.
We were playing Star Wars, he kept saying “follow me!” I was TRYING! I didn’t know which buttons to push, so I pushed them all. Somehow I was supposed to get my man up on that scooter thingy. Much to my own amusement, I kept crashing into trees. My job, as I found out later, was to be a distraction so his guy could finish his mission. Before I knew it, Matthew says, “Ok, you can stop now” – had I even begun? The theme to Star Wars came on and I knew he was victorious. My job was finished there.
Amazing what part we play in others lives isn’t it? That reminded me of a show I had seen. It was a documentary on those massive ships in the military. One in particular was an aircraft carrier. They focused in on the department that had been lovingly called the ‘yellow jackets’ (Flight Deck Officers). These were the men and women who, yes, wore yellow jackets and spent their time helping direct pilots as they prepared to take off, and in their landings. One of their duties was known as ‘walking the deck’. Knowing a pilot was either preparing for take off or landing they would line up across the deck, and slowly – meticulously look for any debris. The debris if left on the flight deck could be very hazardous to the plane, pilot, the mission.
I find it very interesting as I liken it to our own relationships found in the Kingdom of God. We have many roles we play in others lives, like cheerleader, counselor, confidante, mentor, teacher, and friend. But we are also to ‘walk the deck’ if you will, and do our part helping to remove any debris or obstacles along the way. Do what it takes to help another to be successful. We are called to encourage. Much of the time our encouraging a brother or sister takes … ‘action’.
Paul shares in, 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” ‘Encourage’ one another. Meaning ‘come along side, to aid with help.’ Here’s a dandy – ‘to beseech with a stronger force’. We are to admonish, exhort to better things, cheer each other on in God! He then says, ‘build each other up’, in the King Jimmy it is ‘edify’. Paul is talking in architectural terms. We are constructing. NOT demolishing! Do our words, our actions help build others up, does it motivate them to better things? When we leave their presence did we leave them in a better heart condition?
May we too, put on yellow jackets (in spirit of course) link arms with another and join the heavenly forces. May our words of encouragement, be met with our actions of love. May we love enough to point out, pick up, and remove any debris, while doing so, we flag them off as they take off soaring to their mission. I am fully persuaded there WILL be times when it is messy, times when we get a bit of jet fuel dumped all over us, but beloved it is worth it! To see them… soaring!
May we love enough to build up, not tear down. May our ‘come along side’ be motivated to help shape another. Shaping them into the image of Jesus. Great take offs and landings! Perhaps we too would hear the theme to Star Wars, well personally I prefer the theme to ROCKY! (queue instrumental song in your head)
Have a God-loving, looking good in yellow ~ week.
In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)