The Man Who Saved the World By Doing Nothing

I read a really fascinating article about a moment in 1983 when the Soviet military shot down a Korean passenger jet with a US Congressmen on board thinking it was a military plane in the wrong place. With tensions high between the US and USSR, Stanislav Petrov filled in at his post with the Soviet military a couple of weeks later when alarms sounded that World War III had begun. All he had to do was push a red button to respond, but he didn’t and ended up saving the world.

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Sometimes we assume the worst in others or in our circumstances and act without thinking. As a result, we do more damage. We need to “have the wisdom to show restraint” (Proverbs 23:4).

  • aaron

    I pray for wisdom all the time. Too many times I’ve hit the red button in a panic mode!

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