“Able and willing?” the flight attendant asked me as she scanned my boarding pass. “Excuse me?” I answered. “You’re sitting in an exit row; are you able and willing to lead others to safety?” “Yes,” I said somewhat confidently as I pondered the question. Once on board, I slid into my window seat with the extra leg room and looked at the instructions on the exit door. Many people want to sit in the exit row because it’s roomier than your average row, and some even consider it safer because of its location on the wing. Safe and comfortable, a good place to be—yet it comes with much responsibility. As a Christian, resting in the arms of our Savior can feel safe and comfortable, but it doesn’t stop there. Being a child of God comes with much responsibility. As I gazed out the window thousands of feet above ground, I marveled at the beautiful sunset. In my vision was both His majestic artwork and the simple sign telling me how to remove the exit door. I heard the question again, “Are you able and willing to lead others to safety for Me, my kingdom?” Don’t make the mistake of playing it safe and getting too comfortable with your faith. Find a ministry that stretches you and friends who hold you accountable. Pray that your life will lead someone to “safety” today. Stay able and willing.
– Kim Hendrix