Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Enthusiasm is Contagious!

Where do old airplanes go? According to the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover, Delaware, the lucky ones come to them—the only museum dedicated to airlift and air refueling history. My husband Dick and I would have to agree!

We had the great pleasure of visiting the museum last Saturday. Located at Dover Air Force Base, you can actually climb up INSIDE the planes! Some were huge; we found an AF fire truck AND police car parked inside one—with lots of room to spare!

I loved seeing all the detailed instrument panels close up. Usually the only glimpse I get of them is as I bid farewell to the flight crew as we exit the airplane after a commercial flight. Here, I actually got to SIT IN THE PILOT’S SEAT!  Then I got to sit in the cargo bay of another—just like Gibbs on NCIS! How cool is that!

The facility is manned by a group of dedicated and helpful guides who loved what they were doing. While the meticulous care and preservation of the historic aircraft impressed me, what warmed my heart was the pride and joy displayed by the volunteers on duty. It was plainly written on their faces and distinctly heard in every voice. You could tell that these people had experienced for themselves what they were sharing with the visitors to the museum.

Isn’t that same kind of love, dedication, and joy what draws others to Jesus? We are the best endorsement for the Christian life—at least we should be--because we have experienced it. When we are enthusiastic about knowing Jesus and living life with Him, others will be attracted to Him and will want to know more—just like Dick and I wanted to know more at the museum. Enthusiasm is contagious!

Are we living a contagious Christian life, a life that makes others want to not only know more about it but fills them with the desire to join us in walking with Jesus?

“Set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.” 1 Peter 3:15


©2013 Pamela D. Williams