Automatic Pilot

A man boarded a jet and noticed there was no flight crew. Soon a recorded voice came over the loudspeaker saying, “Welcome to our new fully automated aircraft. In order to serve you better we have replaced the pilots and flight attendants with a more efficient electronic system which controls every aspect of your flight. For your safety this new system has been thoroughly tested and nothing can possibly go wrong, go wrong, go wrong.

Not everything can be automated, but whatever can be automated in your daily routines should be. Assigned seats for children, at the table or in the car, cuts down on squabbles and makes things run smoothly. Developing methods for handling routine requests at work, such as printing out answers to a frequently asked question or making maps to a location you are often asked directions to, are examples of how we can automate to give better service.

The goal of automation is to free time for things we can’t automate, like playing with our children or sharing our faith. Automation redeems the time.

Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.

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