Recently I was among the last in line to board an aircraft with assigned seating. I located my seat, mid cabin but the only spot for my carry – on luggage was the overhead compartment by the very last row. This meant I had to wait for everyone to leave before I could go back and retrieve it after landing.
I laughed as I settled into my seat and a thought occurred to me that seemed to be counter productive to my vision of a rapid exit from the aircraft upon arrival. “It really won’t hurt you to wait. It will actually do you good.” So I resolved to enjoy the extra time, helping other passengers lower their luggage once deplaning commenced. By the time I was able to retrieve my carry-on luggage, I laughed again when another passenger remarked that I should apply for a job as a flight attendant.
Being put into a position of being last to deplane, taking my eyes off my own delayed circumstance and becoming a joyful servant to others reminded me of scripture (Mark 9:35) “Anyone who wants to be first, must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
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