如何和何時做對的事情

By Luis Cervino

電影薩利機長,重現了2009年1月15日發生的一件航空意外:全美航空的機長薩利(Chesley Sully Sullenberger))及副機師傑夫.斯基爾斯(Jeff Skiles)駕駛全美航空1549號班機,從紐約拉瓜地亞機場飛往北卡羅來納州夏洛特道格拉斯國際機場,飛行三分鐘後,到達2,800英尺(約850米)。但在爬升過程中,航機意外地遭到鳥群襲擊,造成飛機的兩個引擎停用,薩利機長因無法到達最近的機場,他必須勇敢地作出判斷,把飛機降落在哈德遜河上。雖然機上所有的人員都安全生還。電影當中,薩利機長仍然不斷受到美國國家運輸安全委員會的強烈質疑,懷疑他決定將飛機降落在哈德遜河上是否為正確的決定?

雖然薩利機長最後澄清了自己所做的決定是正確的,但在回覆委員會的質詢時,薩利機長也很明白地指出,真實的狀況無法照本宣科,照表抄課,當時他決定將飛機降落在哈德遜河上,讓機上155人全部生還,是靠著自己過去多年來的經驗,不是靠教科書上的方法。

大部分的人都不會遇到像薩利機長那樣的狀況。但是,我們人生的某個時刻都有可能會遇到所謂的「第一次的緊急狀況」-就是那些從來沒有遇到過的緊急狀況。面對這樣的狀況,我們必須要保持冷靜,才能很快地分析當下的狀況、可能性和成功的機會。在我的醫療專業裡面,也多次遇到必須做生死攸關的決定。

日常的生活也是一樣,要能有效率和快速地做關鍵性的決定的重點在於洞見。我們所做的決定會影響到我們自己和我們週遭的人的身心靈。要記住:一天我們都要做許多的選擇,但是從永恆的角度來看,我們只有兩個選擇:有永恆價值和沒有永恆價值的。

身為一個工商人,我們是耶穌基督在職場上的大使,在不認識主的人面前,我們必須願意去維護自己的信仰,也要準備好去實踐耶穌基督所託付給我們的大使命。馬太福音二十八章19節,靠著門徒訓練,幫助別人在信仰上面成長成為耶穌的門徒。保羅說: 「所以,你們要去,使萬民作我的門徒,奉父、子、聖靈的名給他們施洗(或譯:給他們施洗,歸於父、子、聖靈的名)。」

有時候不信主的人會挑戰我們的信仰。使徒彼得告訴我們:只要心裏尊主基督為聖。有人問你們心中盼望的緣由,就要常作準備,以溫柔、敬畏的心回答各人;(彼得前書3:15)

有時候,我們要做的決定無法按照常理判斷,有時候需要省略既有的步驟,才能像薩利機長一樣,讓雙翼失去動力的飛機安全地降落。心中常有因應的計畫是好的,但也要有替代方案。而有時,我們只能依靠聖靈的引導-因此我們需要時刻警醒並且順服祂的帶領。

以下是遇到緊急的未知事件時,一些屬靈方面的建議:

A.知識: 知識會給我們一些能夠正確回應的基本知識「。耶穌說:「你們所以錯了,豈不是因為不明白聖經,不曉得 神的大能嗎? (馬可福音1224)

B.信靠神: 當我們信靠神的時候,神最能帶領我們。「你要專心仰賴耶和華,不可倚靠自己的聰明,(箴言35)

C. 做決定: 在正確的時刻做正確的事情,知道我們被神護衛著。「我豈沒有吩咐你嗎?你當剛強壯膽!不要懼怕,也不要驚惶;因為你無論往哪裏去,耶和華─你的神必與你同在。」(約書亞記19)

Luis Cervino是一位在墨西哥托雷翁市(Torreon, Coahuila)的口腔顎面外科醫生。他和他的太太Rocio以及他的兩個兒子同住。自1997年,他就是CBMC/CPEC在墨西哥的會員,並且自1999年開始就負責將週一嗎哪由英文翻譯成西班牙文,藉著翻譯他將神國訊息傳達給墨西哥和世界其他西語國家。

省思與問題討論

你看過薩利機長這部電影嗎? 或者你聽過全美航空迫降相關的新聞?對於薩利機長做出非傳統的決定,降落在哈德遜河上,以保存全機155人的性命,你的看法如何? 拋棄舊有的規條或跳出舊有的思考模式,對大部分的人來說是一個很大的挑戰嗎?經常性忽視標準程序是不是也很危險?分享你的看法。 作者說,即使是屬靈的層次,有時候,還是要採取跳脫框架思考,你覺得他為什麼會這麼說? 你覺得作者所提回應預期外狀況的三個建議: 知識、信靠神、做決定。你要如何應用這三個原則在你的日常生活中?

備註: 如果你手上有聖經,希望知道更多關於這個主題的經文,請參考:詩篇37篇4-5節;箴言16章3-4節、21章2-3節;馬可福音5章25-34節;歌羅西書4章5-6節

KNOWING HOW AND WHEN TO DO THE RIGHT THING

By Luis Cervino

The recent theatrical film, "Sully," recreates events surrounding U. S. Airways flight 1549, which he was forced to crash-land in New York City”s Hudson River after the jet crossed paths with a flock of birds, shutting down its engines. This film depicts the subsequent investigation that in many ways was not complimentary of the courageous airline pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, as National Transportation and Safety Board officials engaged him in intense questioning to determine the causes of the incident.

Sullenberger, who was eventually cleared of any blame, through his responses to questions made it clear that sometimes to achieve success, it is impossible to follow steps as prescribed in the manual. He attributed being able to successfully execute a water landing with no casualties on lessons he had learned through many years of experience, including steps that were not standard procedure.

Most of us will never confront the challenges of piloting a commercial jet. However, sooner or later, we each are faced with a "first time" – circumstances no one has never encountered in similar situations. To properly handle such situations, we must remain calm so we can quickly analyze the situation, existing probabilities and chances for success. In my profession, many times a surgeon must make decisions with a patient”s life at stake.

The key is understanding how to make crucial decisions both effectively and quickly. This principle holds true for our lives as well; consequences of our choices will follow the lives of everyone involved, physically and spiritually. We must remember everyday life often gives us many options, but in terms of eternity, we have only two.

Being business and professional people, we serve as ambassadors for Jesus Christ in the marketplace. In this role, we must be willing to defend our faith to people who do not know Him, and be ready to fulfill Jesus” Great Commission, presented in Matthew 28:19, by making disciples, helping others to grow in their faith and mature as His followers. He stated, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And I assure you that I will be with you always, to the end of the world."

Sometimes people who do not profess to know Christ will challenge our beliefs. About this the apostle Peter wrote, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).

At times, decisions we must make will not always following a prescribed protocol. We may need to omit established steps, as the film showed for the safe landing of a crippled jet airplane. It is always good to have a plan in mind, with reasonable alternatives. But sometimes all we can do is rely on the leading of God”s Spirit – our response is to always be alert and obedient to His direction.

Here are helpful steps for responding to emergencies and unforeseen events spiritually:
A. Knowledge: This give us the basis for being able to act correctly, “Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?”" (Mark 12:24).
B. Trust in God: The Lord guides us in the best way as we trust in Him: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5.)
C. Decision: Be prepared to act at the right moment, knowing we are well-grounded by the first two concepts: "Have I not already commanded you?: Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).

Luis Cervino is a maxillofacial surgeon in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, where he resides with his wife, Rocio, and their two sons. He has been a CBMC member in Mexico since 1997, and has been translating Monday Manna from English into Spanish since 1999. His translations reach readers in Mexico and many other parts of the world.

Reflection/Discussion Questions

Have you seen the film, “Sully”? If so, or if you read news reports, what was your reaction to his decision to take steps outside of established procedures – including landing a commercial jet in a river near New York City – trying to ensure the safety of his passengers? Why is abandoning protocol – some term it “going outside the box” – such a threatening idea for many people? Conversely, is there a danger in constantly disregarding protocol and standard practices? Explain your answer. The writer says even in a spiritual sense, at times it could be necessary to take steps that could be considered “outside the manual.” What do you think he might mean in saying this? What do you think of his three recommended steps for responding to unexpected situations – knowledge; trust in God; and decision? How could you apply this to a circumstance you might presently be facing in your life, or where you work?

NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Psalm 37:4-5; Proverbs 16:3-4, 21:2-3; Mark 5:25-34; Colossians 4:5-6

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