Who Packs Your Parachute?

Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was shot down over Vietnam. He ejected and parachuted into the jungle where the Viet Cong captured him and held him prisoner for six years. Today, Plumb lectures on lessons learned from that experience.

One day, he and his wife were sitting in a restaurant and a man from another table came over and said, “You are Charles Plumb, who flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”

Plumb asked how in the world he knew that. The man said, “I packed your parachute. I guess it worked!” Plumb thanked the man. “If not for your work I wouldn’t be here today.”

And Plumb thought about that many times. The man who packed his parachute was just a sailor, but if he hadn’t taken untold hours to weave the shrouds and fold the silks of each chute, Plumb would not have survived. Now, Plumb asks his audience, “Who packed your parachute?”

In other words, who is making you look good? Who is supporting you, though unseen by many? When was the last time you thanked them for packing your parachute? Speaking of Jesus, the Bible says, “He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:7). Being a servant to others is our highest calling. It starts by serving God. A.W. Tozer said, “I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.”

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