A Positive Vibe

Greetings from Taipei, Taiwan. We just landed. A few hours ago, during the first leg of my flight, I wrote some (rather lengthy and I’m hoping not too tedious) random thoughts I’ll share with you.

I got about 7-8 hours of sleep (off and on) during the 14 hour flight. I paid the extra fare to upgrade to Business Class (what is a savings account for?), and I’m so thankful I did. I’m too ‘large and old’ to ride nearly 15 hours in a small seat 🙂. I remember when Bryce and I traveled to Cambodia several years ago on China Air–miserable. The seats were so small and cramped, my knees were bent and nearly in my chest the entire trip!

The seats on EVA Airlines Royal Laurel Class are really the best of any airline I’ve traveled with. They lay completely flat and I have enough room to turn on my side. The comforter they gave us is fantastic; it is thick, soft and warm. And as a bonus, they even handed out pajamas when we departed LA. Also, earplugs, eyeshades, slippers. Just like home 😉

After waking up, I took advantage of a little toiletry kit they gave us when we boarded.

Another 3 hours and 25 minutes left in the flight, until we arrive in Taiwan. Then, after a nearly 4 hour layover, I’ll catch a connecting 3.5 hour flight to Phnom Penh. As I’m looking at the map on my screen, we are nearing Japan.

I am enjoying my first cup of coffee of the day (I always enjoy airline coffee at 36,000 ft.), and reading my weekly Bible passages from the Gospel of Luke, Psalms and Acts

While waiting to board my flight in LAX, I was sitting in the business lounge. A worker came up to me and randomly said, “Thank you for exuding a positive vibe!” Then he walked away. I wondered what he meant. Seconds before I had been silently praying for my trip and that God would be glorified in all that I do. I wasn’t praying with my head bowed or eyes closed–just sitting in a comfortable chair, praying with my eyes wide open. No one would have known but, I had a ‘vibe’. Regardless, Christ is noticed in us by others, even when we least expect it. It reminds me of this verse:

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us…” – 2 Corinthians 5:20

I want to exude a positive vibe for our Lord, don’t you?

Author: pastor roger

Pastor Roger is retired Executive Director of Hope Now For Youth. Hope Now is a Christian rescue organization. The ministry helps young gang members get out of the gang life and into a job. He is a licensed pastor in Hope Now Bible Church where he preaches on various Sundays throughout the year and leads an adult Bible study during the week. He serves on the Board of Directors and assists the new executive director as the organization’s Director of Communications and Director of Cambodia Ministries. He graduated with High Honors from Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. He attended Riverside Community College, Biola College (University), and he received his certificate in Strategic Planning and Management in Retailing from Babson College. Roger was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard in the early 70s. In 1980 he began a 24-year career with Berean Christian Stores (now Lifeway Christian Stores). In 2000 he became president of the company and served in that position for four years. He became Executive Director and CEO of Hope Now For Youth in 2004 and retired from that position in 2018. He has traveled to Antarctica, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Cambodia, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Jordan and Israel. In 1975 he married Carol and has two married daughters and eight grandchildren (Six grandsons and two granddaughters). He believes in the U.S. Constitution and supports all efforts to defend it. Roger enjoys learning how to be a better writer, coffee (not tea) reading, playing golf, watching (soon to be World Champions Dodgers) baseball, and hanging out with his grandkids.

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