You Are the Captain of Your Vessel

Velero antiguo y puesta de sol en 3d

I think sail­boats are beau­ti­ful to watch. I’ve nev­er actu­al­ly rid­den in one. It’s on my buck­et list to go sail­ing so some­day I will. I think they are fas­ci­nat­ing, peace­ful and grace­ful.

But what is tru­ly amaz­ing is that such a small thing as the rud­der can deter­mine where the boat goes. The mas­sive waves and cur­rents of the ocean push and pull again­st the ves­sel. And yet with a small adjust­ment of the rud­der the cap­tain of the boat takes his ves­sel where he wants. He can’t con­trol the waves of the sea but he can con­trol the direc­tion of his ship.

Like the rud­der on a great ship, what­ev­er you chose to let your mind dwell upon will deter­mine the direc­tion of your life. I’ve become vivid­ly aware of this truth late­ly. I have had so many thoughts rolling around in my head that I noticed when I let those thoughts run loose I end­ed up cry­ing or fum­ing mad. I was allow­ing my thoughts to direct the direc­tion I went.

Philip­pi­ans 4:6–8 gives us very clear instruc­tions on how true this real­ly is.

Do not be anx­ious about any­thing, but in every­thing by prayer and sup­pli­ca­tion, with thanks­giv­ing, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which pass­es all under­stand­ing shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Final­ly, my broth­ers, what­ev­er things are true, what­ev­er things are hon­est, what­ev­er things are right, what­ev­er things are pure, what­ev­er things are love­ly, what­ev­er things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on the­se things.

The Bible has much to say about how we live life but this sim­ple truth will impact your life more than most! When was the last time you stopped and asked your­self “What am I think­ing about?” I chal­lenge you to do just that.

Then ask your­self if the things you are think­ing about are tak­ing you where you real­ly want to go. Because where your thoughts go, will be the direc­tion of your life.

You are the cap­tain of your ves­sel. Don’t let the waves of life toss you around as though you have no say in the mat­ter. You do! Do not under­es­ti­mate the pow­er of your thoughts to direct your ship in the direc­tion of your choos­ing. So choose wise­ly.

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