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The Crazy Plane Ride to Nowhere

“Somewhere between zero and thirty thousand feet, you look out the window, see the people and houses below and you begin to wonder: where am I going? What am I doing?”  I heard that quote from a friend of mine who was describing his life on the road.

Even now, I’m on a plane.  There’s turbulence so everyone is buckled in.  Some flip newspapers, while others read the magazines in the flap.  A few laptops are open even though (curses!) there’s no WiFi.  Some doze.

All of us, 143, to be exact, are heading for a destination.  There’s a hundred stories, a lot of questions unanswered, and some pressing forward for a sale, a goal, an end.

But that quote rings in my head:  where am I going?  What am I doing?  At 30,000 feet, everything looks a lot smaller below.  There’s perspective.  Below me, there are millions of stories playing out.  We are all part of a much larger divine drama.  We exit and enter the stage not of our own cue.

But I realize the story, the journey—what we do between our entrance and exit matters.  How well we do between the dots matters.  And that perhaps is the better question.  How am I going?  How am I doing? 

 Am I taking risk?  Am I being a life giver, a blessing, a picture of grace along the way?  Am I living well between zero and 30,000 feet?

About Bill High

Bill is CEO of the Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. He works with families, individual givers, and financial advisers to share the foundation’s message regarding biblical generosity and charitable giving. He is the co-author with David Green of Giving It All Away and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously: » Learn More

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