A New Year, A New Gift | TRUTH News

Employees from Lockheed Martin met on January 5, 5am at Ol'South Pancake for their first monthly breakfast in 2018. Jose Daniel welcomed the team and encouraged the team to ask God for a renewed heart in 2018. Juanita Crain led the 'Pray for Leaders' session and requested everyone to pray for the F-35 leadership daily until the next meeting. She closed off in prayer for the attendees, F-35 leadership and the Forward Fuselage team.


Lance Hooper opened up the floor by assessing the culture in our country today. He believes that it is moving towards Godliness, however, the mission will always be to "go into all the world..." and tell others the Good News. Regardless whether our society moves towards or away from God, we should always equip ourselves to be prepared for when God uses us to preserve a faithful remnant or spark a revival. If we really think about, we want our children to own the same faith we do, if not better.

One of the best ways to do this is to model by engaging in the Word of God everyday. A practical ideal way to do this is by picking up a reading plan that maps a daily scripture reading to accomplish the bible in one year. In order to motivate yourself to stay on track, he recommends buying a new bible, taking notes and highlighting verses that stand out. After the year is over, pass it down to your children as a gift for them to model after you. Once the year starts over again, the process can repeat for another close/loved family member or friend. Hooper believes there is no reason to not make daily reading in the word become a life habit because it equips you as well as your progeny. To assist on your reading and understanding, he recommends downloading the Daily Audio Bible mobile app.

Olivia White took after Lance with a quote that states "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet," by Frederic Buechner. She then followed up with a bible verse that correlates to the calling of our lives and how we should live. Olivia referenced Colossians 3:23 which states, " Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters." She then challenged the group that wherever they are, whatever they do, do it for the glory of God. How the employees of Lockheed Martin do their job is as important as what they do and how they treat others.

Mike Lally wrapped up the speaking session with an analogy. When Jose asked Mike to put something together, he started down another path but the book that he was reading "A Gift: Take it or Receive It" lead him to share about how we react when someone gives us a gift and how that could apply working at Lockheed Martin. Everyone just finished the biggest giving and receiving time of the year. He asked the attendees to participate for what he was about to share. "What is the most valuable thing you've given away? Not something you bought but something you owned."

He mentioned his daughter as an answer, but stated he would come back to explain. He referenced the universally known bible verse John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." This was when he referenced his answer about his daughter. God never thought twice when he gave his one and only son for the sake of humankind.

Mike questioned the employees, did you take the current position at Lockheed Martin or did they receive it. Was this a gift from God or was this just another job? After pondering and reflecting about his current position, he challenged everyone to change their attitudes about their jobs. Everyone was given the gift of working at the most incredible Defense Company in the world. What they produce provides protection across the world. Although there may be disagreements with the politics or decisions that they make, everyone plays an important role in producing the most incredible products in the world. Mike implored everyone to change their current attitudes about their job and be grateful for the gift they have received so that they can continue to make a large impact and change at Lockheed Martin.

Zach Alexander finished the meeting by leading a small group session. He requested the attendees to form in to small groups in order to connect and pray for one another. After the session, the reaction of the attendees proved that connecting and supporting one another was a great way to start the new year.

The attendees were challenged for the month to pray for the leadership of the F35 unit. The next breakfast meeting will take place on February 2nd at 5am which will follow up on development of the prayers for the leaders in the F35 unit. All are welcome to attend for the opportunity to experience of fellowship.

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