In 1911, Cal Rogers answered a national challenge to fly from New York to Long Beach in 30 days. Day one, he flew 105 miles. Day two, he crashed into a chicken coop. By day 30, he was only as far as Kansas City. He lost the contest, but he kept flying.

Crossing into California, his engine exploded. On day 84, Cal reached the finish line. His wreck of a plane was so battered and rebuilt—only the original rudder and oil pan remained.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Like Cal Rogers' airplane, our lives and bodies hardly resemble the condition in which we took off. So what? We patch, rebuild—we persevere—in the high calling of our daily work.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (Heb. 10:35-37)

Originally Published: Sunday, July 13, 2008

Howard E. Butt, Jr., served as president of the H. E. Butt Foundation until 2014. He is the founder of Laity Lodge and The High Calling, and serves as vice chairman of the H. E. Butt Grocery Company.


To be fully human is to live life for God, in a loving relationship with God. When we turn away from his design─separating sacred and the secular professions; denying the value of everyday life; working only for money, power, reputation, or fame─we aren't living as the "full humans" that God created us to be. To paraphrase Martin Luther, we "curve in on ourselves." When we live our lives in line with God's intentions and designs, we can finally become our full selves.

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