It's now August and here I am, three months out from embarking on my life's dream of being a pilot for a major international airline. I've waited all my life for this, and it still hasn't quite sunk in that I'm actually here. As I prepare for the journey that lies ahead, I also realize the potential ramifications this could have on my walk with God.
When you're first hired as a pilot by an airline you start off as what's called a reserve pilot. Reserve pilots have probably one of the most stressful and difficult jobs on the face of the planet. It's an "on call" position and you are literally on-call around the clock (up to the maximum number of flight hours allowed per week/month by law) and have to be ready to report to the airport for your assignment at a moment's notice. It's entirely possible that I could get called into work at 2 AM on a Sunday morning. After several years you work your way up to being a line pilot, but even then pilots choose their lines based on tenure. Put it another way, I'll be getting the lines nobody wants at first.
In light of this, I fully suspect that I'll be working every weekend and major holiday for at least the first decade of my career, until I build up some serious tenure and don't get the last choice if what days I work, and even then I know I'll still be working some weekends and holidays since the airline business is one of those that operates 24/7/365. That, of course, means working on days that I should be spending in church.
So what is a guy to do when he finds himself working on Sundays? I know some people would say change careers, but that ain't happening! I just can't imagine doing anything else. This is the career for me. I still get my weekly sermon from CCJCCF, but whether I'll have time to read it is a different story (unless I do so on one of my days off, which I'll also be doing other things on). Regardless, religion/faith will by necessity be the last thing on my mind for the earlier part of my career. When I get seniority I'll try to schedule as many weekends off as possible, but it's no guarantee I'll be able to get all of them off.
Oh well, someone has to fly those weekend/holiday flights.Has your job ever prevented you from going to church? What did you do?