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The Value of Community

February 28, 2013

I recently saw the power of community in action.

I was away from my family in South Africa, traveling to teach in various Bible Schools and grace seminars. During my trip, my son began to suffer with asthma. We debated whether to take him in to the doctors, having treated this condition at home before. Finally, my wife took him in.

It was not long before we realized he would be admitted to the hospital with a case of pneumonia.

I was ten time zones away. How was my wife going to cope and still take care of our healthy son?

This is where community stepped in.

We had friends picking up our oldest (healthy) son, staying with him overnight, and eventually taking care of him for 2 days getting him to school and sports.

We had people offering to help with meals.

As a believer, a dangerous belief lurks nearby desiring to take root in our hearts.

It’s subtle. It creeps in and begins to affect our emotions and our thoughts.

Entitlement.

Phrases which start with “I” and include verbs like “deserve”, “am owed”, “expect”, and more.

This false belief rears its head in many ways, mostly subtle, but poisonous.

It’s a cancer

I want to discuss this in the context of missions, but it applies to all believers.

Here are 6 Signs of Missionary Entitlement. 

1. I’m obeying, so God must….
I’ve seen people use missions as an attempt to earn the favor of God, or worse manipulate Him to get what they want. Too many missionaries are serving out of guilt or a need to feel worthy.

In our prayers we approach God with an attitude which says he owes us. After all, He is very aware of the sacrifices we are making.

This week on NoSuperheroes, I am sharing some of the travel tips I have learned in 21 years of traveling to 39 nations.

We’ve already covered loyalty to frequent flyer plans, finding the best flight deals,  and racking up airline miles.

Here are a few more random tips:

Avoiding the Middle Seat – The only reason you should ever get a middle seat is if you are bumped to another flight. Here are some suggestions.

1. Choose your seat at the time of booking. Most airlines allow this online.
2. Check again two days before online or call the toll-free number for the airline. Even if you are overseas, skype to the toll-free number and avoid long wait times on hold at the international office.
3. Request your seat at check-in, or at least confirm it when you are handed the boarding pass. About 30% of the time, I am given a different seat than I have chosen.

Racking up Frequent Flyer Miles

September 13, 2012

While the airlines are not handing out miles like they were a few years ago, it is still a worthwhile investment to accrue miles. They offer free travel and loyalty perks.

I conservatively estimate my family has cashed in 40 free airline tickets over the last 20 years. Notice I said conservative. I regret missing several years of mileage accrual early in my career.

If someone offered you two free tickets a year, you would take it right?

Racking up the frequent flyer miles is not as hard as it might seem. Here are 5 tips:

Sign up – You can’t earn them if you have not signed up. I have registered my whole family for cards on multiple airlines. It is as easy as a few minutes on the internet. Make sure you have at least one airline in every major alliance.

Finding the Best Flight Deals

September 12, 2012

Finding the best flight deals is an adventure. I welcome the challenge to see how low I can get a favorable route. Here are some of my suggestions from 21 years of frequent traveling.

Where to start – When I begin my search, I start with Kayak.com. This site does not sell tickets, but pulls in information from Orbitz, Expedia, Cheaptickets, and the airline home sites. It is a great place to explore your options. It offers multiple tools to narrow your search criteria based on time, airlines, even airline alliances.

On the home page of Kayak, you enter in your route. Kayak is unique in that you can enter in multiple destinations separated by commas. This enables you to search multiple locations. Pick the major cities near you. Later you can add smaller, regional airports.

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