This headline – “Delta CEO Gives Up Seat For Struggling Mom” – made me think of Luke 14:7-11.
When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
That parable seems to me to teach a fairly simple lesson, and one that I could easily carry out: Give someone my place. You could do it too, couldn’t you? Why do I not do it all the time then?
The CEO of Delta Airlines knew how to do it. Here’s a man who has a very important job, and when he flies he probably brings work with him to get done on the plane. But according to the article linked above he gave up his seat for a mom trying to join her daughter who was away at a camp for sick children, and he went and sat in the jump seat in the cockpit.
Have you seen the size of a cockpit jumpseat? Try getting any work done in there with a fully staffed crew crammed around you trying to concentrate on doing their own jobs (all while the boss is sitting right at their elbows!).
After that example, I think I might find it easier to decide to give up my own place for someone else. And after Jesus’ example of giving up his seat of honor in order to take my place, why wouldn’t I?