Our family is enjoying a family reunion at the Outer Banks of North Carolina this week. It so happens that the place we're renting is not far from the Wright Brothers first flight memorial and park. This morning I went for a jog and found myself over in that park. I spied a life size sculpture of the first plane that depicted that first flight. I pondered the challenges that the Wright brothers faced to conquer the problem of manned flight. (By the way, did you know that the first successful flight only lasted 12 seconds!) As I looked at the first plane all of the important elements were clearly visible. They needed a source of power to propel the craft. Then they needed a means of gaining lift to climb above the ground. Lastly, they needed a way to control the side to side and up and down motion. Three things were needed: power, lift and control. These are the three elements each of us needs as well for flying the skies of eternity. We need the power that only God can supply by is active Spirit, motivated by His great love. We need the work of redemption through Jesus Christ to provide lift off the ground level of our sin nature. We then need the control that comes from our dependence on the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide us in flight. The Wright brothers conquered these three challenges with their first flight in December of 1903. Have you found the power, received the lift and learned to trust in the control that God provides today and every day as we fly the grace-filled skies of Heaven?