With all due respects to Dr. King, I really do.
Actually it is a burning passion, that has been brewing in me for about 18 months. God continues to release to me the vision in “bread crumbs” and that is because to Him, it is SO BIG, that He knows I can’t handle it all at once. I’m even beginning to get a little scared now!
Aviation is an inseparable part of my being, and it is one of the main desires of my heart. I grew up in a family that always had an airplane of one kind or another, and the most fond memories of my father are in an aviation setting. Unfortunately (for the family) family life was fairly out of balance toward aviation, and I spent most of my evenings and weekends at the airport, helping work on airplanes. I tell people that I never saw Peter Pan as a kid, but I could pull the artificial horizon out of a Cessna 152 faster than anyone you knew!
I did get my private pilot’s license at 18, and after changing my mind to NOT become a corporate pilot, I flew for a little while off and on, and then, like so many do, “hung up my wings” to focus on family and other obligations. Yet still when the question comes up, “If money was handled, what would you do?” it takes me about a nanosecond to respond with an aviation related answer (today I have a very specific answer, and it will unfold on the pages of this blog.)
Over the years, I would often Pray for God to show me what to do with this aviation passion. In fact, at one point not too long ago, I asked him to take that passion away, because I did not know what to do with it. Of course, He did not, because he gives us those desires to follow as part of His story. So instead, He began to show me, and the concept is unfolding, literally daily.
It started out in the summer of 2007 (shortly after I asked God to take aviation away) when I began to have thoughts of building an airplane (for those not from aviation circles, this is a very common, safe practice in “General Aviation.”) Then my wife Kim suggested I consider soliciting our fellow homeschooling parents to see if they would like to participate in it as an educational project. The project never happened, but through the exercise of speaking to teens and parents, I made some very interesting discoveries and confirmed some other facts :
- Aviation seems very exclusive to most adults.
- Aviation does NOT seem exclusive to younger children
- Teens actually WANT to have mentor relationships with other adults that are not their parents (from both good AND bad home situations.)
- Aviation has a “magical draw” to it for kids and adults from all walks of life.
You getting the picture? God was revealing to me what he wanted me to do with this desire in my heart. And it gets even better ( and bigger, and more exciting, and more impactful, oh my!)
Are you ready? In my coaching profession, to keep people engaged in the conversation, we will often create what is called an “open loop.” I’ve just created one here – gotcha – you’ll have to stay tuned for the story to continue to unfold. Mean, huh! Not really, you will love where this is going.
Fly back soon!