The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

There's no room for negotiations!

I can't believe that six months have past since I last proved my skill and knowledge to operate in the capacity as Captain of an aircraft. Having performed the required test standards for the last twenty plus years you would think that it would be a walk in the park, however each year the rules and regulations change therefore it becomes necessary to stay on top of my came so that I can once again say that I have employment for the next six months. If you are unsuccessful you "do not pas go, you do not collect $200.00." Why didn't I become a doctor or a lawyer where they are not checked ever so often on their proficiency in the field they work?

This time around was a bit unusual and somewhat different from what I was use to.  If you've been employed by a company for any number of years you're probably a master at procedures and formalities. It is when you change jobs that you find yourself having to sharpen your skills  even though you're expected to do the exact same duties as before; so what's changed then? Every organization, every company and every country have in place their own way of operating and this is something that you will have to deal with. I had to learn the hard way as I took on a foreign job within my field. As much as I do not like regulations I had to accept that this will be my cross that I must carry, or I will be seeking employment elsewhere.

Every time I thought about all of the regulations I would need to memorize I kept saying that if I am required to know each and every rule then I might as well memorize the bible. It wasn't good enough that I know where in the regulations manual to find a particular rule, rather I needed to know what the rule stated and how it applied to the company that I'm working for. I always thought and believed that rules were designed for people who enjoyed breaking the law. I am too afraid of the consequences of breaking the law so I stick to what I know is right and leave the laws for those who look for loop holes where they can get around them. Long hours of studying those rules and regulations paid off as I got through a two hour long oral that mostly covered those dreaded rules, then it was on to the aircraft to show my piloting skills, something I do very well.

The Federal Aviation Regulations were written by lawyers so you can imagine the phraseology used to explain what it is that I can and can not do. Unlike Jesus who said in Matthew 5 that He did not come to abolish the law, but rather to fulfill them, I had only wished that the law of the Federal Aviation would be abolished, or narrowed down at least. Who am I kidding, I too wouldn't want the laws that govern the aviation industry to be abolished, they are in place to ensure that safety of everyone is adhered to. Here we are 2,000 years later since Jesus' time and we are still trying to justify our actions and trying to get around God's law.

Jesus lays the cards on the table as to how necessary the laws are and how much more they are than just what we read on the surface. We know that the fifth commandment says that thou shalt not kill, but Jesus explains that not only should we not kill or be liable to judgment, if we are angry with our brother we will also be liable to judgment. Unfortunately because it does not say in the bible word for word that though shalt not have an abortion many are aborting babies daily with no remorse or conscience of the action. If you went down the list of the Ten Commandments you'd probably say to yourself that you haven't broken any of them, or have you? There is more to the upper surface of the commandments than what the eyes can see. Another favorite of mine is when Jesus reminds us that not only must we not commit adultery, but anyone who looks at another woman with lusts have already committed adultery in his heart. Have you sought forgiveness through the sacrament or reconciliation lately?

Don't walk around with a checklist, checking off every good deed you've done or making sure that you haven't broken any of the Ten Commandments. We've all broken many of them more than once, but thanks be to God we are given the opportunity to turn back to Him. As the psalms says this week "Instruct me, O LORD, in the way of your statutes, that I may exactly observe them. Give me discernment, that I may observe your law and keep it with all my heart. Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit we hold God's law deep within. A popular acronym that is seen on bumper sticks, wrist bands, even on clothing and key rings says: WWJD (What would Jesus Do). Every time you're questioning something you feel is wrong within your heart, stop and ask that question. I'm sure you will look the other way. The law has been written on our hearts, period!

As I reflect on the last few weeks of my new journey I thought many times to give up, to throw in the towel because I felt too old, too tired to continue, but then I remembered that I was not doing this for just myself, rather, I was doing this for my entire family who relied on me. I had to pick up my socks and go deep into the law of aviation. I put my selfish attitude aside and pressed on, there would be no room for negotiations. In the end I came out on top, I made my family proud and I kept my dignity. Satan had given me all of the reasons why I should give up or why I was not going to make it, it was God's law and His promises imprinted on my heart that made me remember those words in Philippians 4:13 "I have the strength for everything through Him who empowers me".

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