Finding God's Winning Spirit

The Voyage

December 11, 2015 | Greg Smith | Devotional

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I spent from 1972 to 1976 in the United States Navy. Although I spent two of those four years playing softball, I was basically trained as an “operations specialist” and spent the other two years at sea. During those two years as a real down to earth sailor I was part of two oversee cruises which means I traversed the Pacific Ocean twice.

In other words when I was not playing second base I was sitting in the combat information Center of the USS Okinawa tracking ships, plotting courses, and communicating with other naval vessels.  One of the things that has stayed with me for all these years revolves around what it takes to travel the 7,431 miles by sea from San Diego California to the Philippines. I mean if you think about it that is quite a daunting task, seems complicated right? Sure it takes a lot of planning but the trip itself is pretty simple – just point yourself west and go. Like I said, I have done it twice – this is what I learned is important on a trip like that.

The first thing that is of paramount importance is knowing what direction you should go. Going south when you need to be going west will not work. The second thing you need is some way to evaluate where you are at any given time. If you do not know where you are – you do not know where you are going. The last thing is focus. You need to be fixated on your destination and not be distracted along the way. See, simple.

The reason this has stayed with me for so long is that this process also applies to the Christian life. As we think about living our entire lives serving Christ it can also seem daunting/overwhelming.   For us to navigate the Christian life we need to know our destination and the direction we should be traveling (Philippians 3:14). We will need to track our position and progress (2 Corinthians 13:5). We will need to stay the course and remain focused (Hebrews 12:2).

The difference about the Christian voyage is that no matter if we feel lost we are never alone and the Captain never sleeps. 

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