For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. (Titus 2:11 NRSV)

Remember that your attitude is everything.

Many years ago, we had a rash of airplane hijackings in this country. Particularly out of Miami airport. One such plane was hijacked on its way to New York. "Turn the plane around and head for Havana," ordered the hijacker gruffly. The pilot could tell that the man was desperate, so he did what the hijacker said. When the gunman tried to intimidate the passengers, however, they started roaring with laughter. No matter what the hijacker did, the passengers laughed. They laughed all the way to Havana. They laughed while the plane was on the ground and tense negotiations were going on between Cuban and American authorities. They laughed when the plane was allowed to resume its flight to New York. They turned the whole experience into a big party. Only one man was not laughing, beside the hijacker and the pilot. He didn't get the joke. In fact he was worried that the hijacker would react violently to the laughter of the other passengers. The whole experience was miserable for this one passenger. His name? Allen Funt of the CANDID CAMERA show.

When the other passengers saw that Allen Funt was on board, they assumed this was all a prank. They were waiting for someone to say, "Surprise. You're on Candid Camera." It wasn't a prank. But because they THOUGHT it was, they relaxed and had a good time.

We need to take life a lot less seriously and our salvation a lot more seriously!

Dear Jesus, show me the things that I really need to take seriously in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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