Feb 14, 2014

“Miracle on the Hudson” Memories and a Challenge to Live Differently

Watch the video on Youtube here: http://youtu.be/8_zk2DpgLCs

It has been just over five years since “The Miracle on the Hudson.”  Flight 1549 lost power in both engines and was forced to make an emergency landing on the wintery waters of the Hudson River. Everyone survived the landing and I couldn’t help but share the story of one survivor and the things he learned from his experience.  What a great TED talk!

Ric Elias says, “I was given the gift of a miracle, of not dying that day.  I was given another gift which was to be able to see into the future and come back and live differently.”

Ric Elias says that everything was changed in an instant. “I collect bad wines ‘cause if the wine is ready and the person is there, I’m opening it.  I no longer want to postpone anything in life.”  I loved this comment.  It reminded me of the story in John 12 when Mary pours expensive perfume on Jesus feet.  The passage says that Judas, who carried the money bag, and took from it whenever he pleased, criticized Mary and suggested that the perfume could have been sold.  Mary knew how important her time was with Christ.  What a beautiful image Ric portrays, encouraging that we use what we have to build relationships now.

“I regretted the time I wasted in things that did not matter, with people that matter.”  Ric went on to talk about how he has worked to get rid of negative energy in his marriage and with his kids, and wraps up his brief talk by emphasizing the importance of being a good dad.

I have to admit, this video woke me up a bit.  I’m guilty of putting things that don’t matter in front of people that do.  I think we all are.  The Bible is pretty clear that there are a few things that are eternal, primarily the Word of God and people.  The Bible also warns us against getting too hung up on the temporal things that fade away.

It is easy for the worries of this world and the allure of more money and stuff to choke out what matters most.  What a blessing that Ric was willing to share his story and to challenge us to embrace what matters now, before it’s too late.

Ric wraps up with this challenge:

Imagine if this happened to you.

How would you change?

What would you get done that you are waiting to get done because you think you will be here forever?

How would you change your relationships and the negative energy in them?

More than anything, are you being the best parent you can?
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