Don’t Trust Autopilot



On June 18th 1914, Lawrence Sperry demonstrated autopilot on an aircraft for the first time, becoming one of the most important innovations to the cockpit in history. In the aviation world today, autopilot is used more than ever. It guides an aircraft from takeoff to landing in the most efficient way possible. Autopilot is the foundation of many positive innovations in the aviation world today and will continue to impact the industry in the future. However, what I am writing about today is a different kind of autopilot.

The world has its own form of autopilot. It is an internal form that we are all born with. Unlike an aircraft’s autopilot which is programmed for a very specific reason; to get an aircraft from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible. The internal autopilot of the human race is not programmed by the same positive standards. A human’s autopilot is programmed by the world. In case you haven’t noticed, humans aren’t known for getting from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible!

The natural direction of this world is headed downhill; the world is programmed for destruction. People are becoming more perverse, more hateful, less patient, less forgiving… This list could go on forever. If you turn on the news for 30 minutes, you’ll realize that people are getting worse, not better. Aside from becoming a more evil people, we are also continuously focused on the next big thing, new music, new movies, new tech… We hardly ever just enjoy where we are in life. People are just going through life looking forward to tomorrow (never today) and becoming more evil in the process. Sadly, this is the world’s autopilot and it is very easy to fall into if we’re not on our guard.


As believers, we are called to a different direction and a higher standard. We are called to be pure, loving, patient, forgiving… Our goal is to be a light in the darkness, and to bring others along in this positive journey. The bible says in Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This means we must not engage the world’s autopilot, instead, we must renew our minds through daily reading God’s word, spending time in prayer and in worship.

We must continuously be growing in Godly wisdom. We cannot put ourselves on autopilot and expect to grow. We will experience growth through perseverance toward God. Let’s choose to not be conformed by this world today. Instead, let’s disengage our internal autopilot and manually focus on God everyday! This world is on a collision course for destruction, let’s be the positive light that is needed to help those around us while simultaneously living the fulfilled life that God has called us to live.

Written by Alex Sanfilippo

My mission is to live a life honorable in every way to God my father. I am passionate about building disciples and strengthening the church. My daily goal is to be a positive influence on the people around me and to make the world a better place.

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