In this blog and in other places, I have expressed my dislike for the asinine practice called Daylight Savings Time (DST). In the Spring of each year, people throughout the USA lose one hour of sleep and their internal clock is in a state of confusion. This toying with Mother Nature is actually detrimental to your health as well as your pocketbook.
The only benefit I see in DST is the manner in which Fire Departments and safety advocates use it. Whenever we move our clocks forward in the Spring or back in the Fall, we are reminded to change the batteries in our smoke detectors. This is a government program that actually makes sense.
Evidently Malaysia has no such program. It is being reported that one reason Flight 370 has not been discovered in the past year is that the battery on the jet’s underwater locator beacon had expired.
I don’t mean that it had died and lost its charge in recent days before it took flight. Not at all, the battery on the beacon attached to the Flight Data Recorder had expired in December of 2012.
Flight 370 was a Boeing 777 that had a price tag somewhere in the neighborhood of $261 million. Do you have any idea how much the battery cost? Admittedly, the pilot or mechanic could not have stopped at a Walmart or Radio Shack and picked one up on the way to work, but it only cost $750.
While $750 isn’t exactly pocket change, it is a drop in the bucket compared to $261 million. It is a small investment to make when you are trying to track a very expensive jet that is full of precious human cargo—mothers, fathers, sister, brothers, aunts, uncles, and children.
Neglecting small details can have catastrophic and costly results. If you don’t put oil in your vehicle, the motor will seize-up and die. If you don’t drink enough water it can lead to dehydration.
You may easily understand this fact when it’s discussed in the context of the mechanical or the physical, but the same is true for the spiritual. If you fail to take the small steps, disaster may be lurking in the shadows.
One of the secrets to the rapid growth of the early church, was they developed the habit of doing the simple things: “They were devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (Acts 2:42).”
I do a very simple task every night before I get into bed. I plug my cell phone into the charger, so it will be powered-up for the next day. When I get up the next morning, I make a cup of coffee and sip it in while I power-up for the day ahead, and I recharge my spiritual battery by putting Acts 2:42 to practice.
I encourage you to plug into the God’s Word and to power-up through prayer—it will keep you flying when you encounter turbulence in your life.