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30 July, 2021

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TUNNEL VISION

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality” George Lucas

As the clock inched toward midnight on December 29th, 1972, Eastern Airlines flight 401 on route to Miami, crashed in the Florida Everglades. It left 101 deaths. As aviation investors pieced together the events leading up to the crash, they found a loss of altitude was overlooked by the crew placing all their attention on a faulty lightbulb. During their descent, an audible warning should have been heard by all the crew, yet their minds ignored it, giving preference to the faulty light.


Church life is often full of faulty lights, which can easily distract us from other important tasks. One of the ways airlines now address this problem, is through Crew Resource Management. This is specialized training to ensure that the crew understands decision making processes, and are able to keep track of everything happening in emergency situations. Tunnel vision is not likely to cause deaths in our ministry, but decisions can affect people negatively, and can leave painful wounds. As a church we need to be careful to keep our eyes on the important things. We have named relationships and prayer as key areas for the next 6 months, which doesn’t mean we ignore other areas but does give us an important focus.

with acknowledgement to Peter Sewell


Blessings

Brian Hoole



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