Sunday, October 12, 2014

What Makes the Ship Sink?

We will always face storms in life, but remember: Never allow an outside storm to become an inside storm.

It's inside storms that sink ships.

The Bible is replete with story after story of how God's people encountered problems.

When Noah sailed the ocean blue,
He had problems the same as you.
For 40 days he drove the ark,
Before he found a place to park.
How many times have we found ourselves flooded with problems? Often, when I have been surrounded with struggles in the ministry, I have felt like the lion tamer who put an ad in the paper: "Lion tamer - wants tamer lion."

A few years ago, I took up fishing as a hobby. Friends and I would fish on the eastern shore of the Big Island of Hawaii. We would throw our lines into the ocean, and if we we're fishing at the right time and had the right bait, we would catch some good-sized fish. Nearby was a barbecue grill where we would place our trophies. We would take our day's catch, clean each one and then place each trophy on the grill. Even though these fish had spent all their lives in the salty ocean, guess what I had to sprinkle on our catch as we were cooking them? Right! I would sprinkle salt on the fish to bring out the flavor.

You would think that would be about the most unnecessary thing to do, considering that the fish had been marinating in saltwater for at least a year or two. Yet even though these fish had lived in the ocean, none of the salt got inside.

My point? If God can do that for fish, He can do that for each of us.

Each of us has been placed in the middle of a world filled with worldly perspectives and philosophies. But here's the wonder of God's design: Although we live in the midst of a "crooked and perverse generation" (Phil 2:15), none of that crooked perverseness is supposed to get inside of us!

Your attitude will either protect you or defeat you in the midst of storms. Develop your attitude well.

(From Wayne Cordeiro's "Attitudes that Attract Success!")

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