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Cornerstone of My Character
JOHN GALKIEWICZ was a twenty-year-old helicopter pilot when he had to face one of the toughest choices of his life. In March 1968 his assault helicopter company had its ...

Cornerstone of My Character

He didn’t like his chances. After writing a “goodbye letter,” sleep eluded him as he went over the mission in his mind. He wondered if twenty years in prison would be worth it if he refused to go. He then thought about one of his good friends who was still out there in that landing zone, waiting:

We had come into the unit together and he was now stranded down there and needed help. If I were in his shoes I sure would want someone trying their very best to come get me out. I made the decision to fight and unknowingly set in place one of the cornerstones of my character.

Galkiewicz went into action early the next morning. Amazingly, the extraction was accomplished without further loss of aircraft—and the airman was forever thankful he made the difficult but right call.

No matter where we are in life, we occasionally face decisions that have the potential of forming a “cornerstone” of our character. Taking an easier path, giving up too soon, or giving in to other temptations is often appealing, but unfortunately sets the tone for other choices to come. Every one of our decisions should be considered prayerfully before God, and, with his help, all its possible ramifications. When Jesus is in our hearts, we know we will never go too far wrong—we know the ultimate cornerstone of our character is in place.

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