A few years ago, a plane crashed in Kinshasa in Africa. Twenty people on board, including both pilots, were killed outright. No one could understand the reason for the crash. The plane was in good condition, the pilots were experienced, visibility was clear, and there were no signs of mechanical failure. When they interviewed the lone survivor, a bizarre story emerged.
One of the passengers had smuggled a small crocodile on board the plane in a bag. As the plane was coming into land, the crocodile escaped. The stewardess ran to the front of the plane to tell the pilots. The passengers saw her running away from the crocodile, and panicked. They ran after her. All the weight shifted to the front of the plane, and it went into a dive. The pilot told everyone to get back, but with the nose down they couldn’t climb back up the aisle. The plane plunged head first to earth.
But the crocodile survived because it was in the rear. As it crawled off the wreck to escape into the bush, a local saw it, and hacked it to death with a machete. So, without the survivor, no one would have known a croc caused the crash. Actually, it wasn’t the croc. It was just panic. People will blindly follow others running in one direction! We all do that, even though history shows it often results in losses, death, or destruction.
It’s called the herd mentality. Wildebeest stampede out of fear and lions finish them off. That’s why when we find ourselves blindly following the crowd, it’s time to stop and think. The only opportunity is before we join the herd. Once we’re in, it’s too late. So think. God calls us to be salt and light in our workplace. What does He want us to do differently at work? Ask Him. Reflect, and He will tell you: “Let your light shine!”
Ps Dr Philip Lyn 医生牧师