“What Motivates You in Your Work as a Pilot?” - Norm Goodyear

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Sometimes faith can mean doing our jobs in a radically different way—like, for example, when we have to make tough ethical decisions about business practices—but it isn't always such an obvious distinction. Sometimes the only thing that might distinguish our work from that of a nonbeliever is our knowledge of who and what we're ultimately working for.

Norm is a pilot, and he's good at what he does. Thankfully, you don't have to be a believer to fly a plane safely, but for Norm, having faith means going beyond what's required and pursuing excellence, even in things that few people might notice. Faith is not a guarantee of this excellence; it's a calling to excellence, and a desire to glorify God with the best of what he has given us.

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I don't work any different than anybody else as a pilot, but there are different degrees of competency you can have as a pilot. I think if you don't strive to be competent, that's not pleasing to God. If you don't strive to be safe . . . if you do things out of the regulations, that wouldn't be pleasing to God. It would be the same in any other job. If you're a tax advisor and you cheat the government or you cheat the other person, either way, that's not pleasing to God . . . so you want to do your best at whatever you do, I think. I think that just pleases God.