In Lessons from a Father to his Son, former Missouri Senator John Ashcroft writes, “My father said to me, ‘John, I’d like for you to fly this plane for a while.’ I was eight years old at the time. My father was an amateur pilot. I looked around at all the controls, gauges, and computerized equipment in the cockpit. The control stick looked like a broom handle and came up between my legs. ‘What should I do?’ I shouted back to my father, who was seated behind me. ‘Just grab the stick and push it straight forward.’ I took hold of that stick and did as I was told. Immediately the plane went into a straight bombing-raid dive toward a farm on the outskirts of Springfield! My stomach came up to my throat and fear gripped my insides. I let go of that control stick in a millisecond, and Dad pulled the plane back up.
“He had a good chuckle, and I had a good lesson: actions have consequences. In a positive sense, I learned that wherever I was, if I put my hand to something, I could make a difference.”
“A man reaps what he sows.” (Galatians 6:7)