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Yahoo! We Get A Golden Parachute!

When the Yahoo sale to Verizon closes, pending shareholder approval, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, will make $186 million in cash and benefits. You may be thinking, “wow, she must have done something great to deserve that!” Well, not really.

In fact, Mayer pretty much failed as CEO of Yahoo in every way. Of course, in all fairness, Yahoo wasn’t in great shape when she was hired. But dwindling ad revenue, two major security breaches, and a number of failed goals later, Mayer gets a $168m reward. That is in addition to the $200 million in salary and bonuses she was paid over the last five years.

Now, most of us can’t even imagine earning that kind of money. In fact, I’m not sure “earn” is the right word. Does any CEO really do anything to truly earn a multiple of hundreds or thousands over smaller company CEO’s? Or have they helped the company that much more than a worker earning $15/hour?

Does it make you upset to see big golden parachutes for CEO’s? Now…remember that anger for just a moment.

Because guess what? If you are a Christian, you’re just like Mayer. You might not appreciate the analogy, but it is pretty fair anyway.

Let’s pretend that you are the CEO of YOU Inc., because you are. And imagine you are being judged for every mistake, every time you didn’t follow God’s rules, and all the consequences that come from those mistakes – because you will be. We call those sins.

But in a buy-out, God purchased you with the blood of Jesus, and you get a golden parachute of eternal proportions. Seem fair? Still angry? Do you see that we have received the greatest payout ever despite all our mistakes?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the golden parachutes major CEO’s get after wrecking companies any more than you do. But it is a great reminder. I ran company GREG into the ground; failed miserably to save myself through my efforts.

So you can try to get to heaven by your works, but I’ll gladly take the buy-out!

Jumping Without a Parachute

I am glad to say that I have never had a reason to use a parachute. I dabbled with the idea of skydiving once. In the end, my brain rejected the idea of jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. But I am glad to know that if I ever needed a parachute, such a thing was invented and has been shown to work.

If you have ever dropped a plastic army man with a parachute attached, performed a high school egg drop experiment, or ridden Disney’s Parachute Drop Ride, you owe a debt of gratitude to André-Jacques Garnerin, the Frenchman credited with being the first to parachute without a rigid frame on 10/22/1797. Over 200 years ago, Garnerin ascended to 3,200 feet in a hot air balloon before cutting a cord that sent him toward the earth in a basket with an umbrella shaped parachute. He landed safely, though with a few bumps, and the idea that would lead to modern parachutes was born.

Would it surprise you though, if people started skydiving without parachutes? Of course, it happens by accident on occasion. People think they have the right equipment or their equipment doesn’t work. But rarely does anyone jump without a parachute for the sport of it. Why then, do millions jump into sin without stopping to think about hitting the bottom without a parachute?

Too many people forget the inevitable landing when it comes to their spiritual lives. While we are all guilty of sin, God has given us a “perfect parachute” in Jesus Christ. Jesus said that He would “lose none” that God had given Him, “but raise them up at the last day.” Isn’t that amazing? Our parachute not only catches us and holds us up, but will even lift us up to be with God!

Are you toying with danger? Did you jump into sin only to realize you aren’t wearing a parachute? God gives us “the way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13) if only we will latch on to Jesus and follow His commands. His children are promised a safe landing. Why not become one today?