Do You Meet These People on the Ocean of Life?

by Phyllis Sather on May 1, 2013


I recently read this description of people:

Drifters just go with the flow, pushed this way and that by the wind and waves of circumstances. They look around and say, ‘Whatever. It’s all good.’

Surfers ride the waves, always looking for the next big thing.

Drowners stay in the center of a storm. Rescue them and they’ll find another crisis and cry, ‘Help me, save me, I don’t know what I’m going to do.’

But Sailors counteract the winds and waves of circumstance by rigging sails and twisting rudders.

But the sailor cannot navigate without an immovable object, a fixed point, a non-negotiable that is unaffected by circumstances. Without this guiding light there is nothing for us on life’s ocean but to drift, surf, or drown.” Mike Metzger

Though I hate to admit it, I’ve found myself being each one of these types at different times of my life – sometimes at different times of the day. I’m sure you can recognize these traits in yourself, your friends, and your children, right? But the Lord wants us to be sailors – and to choose Him as our immovable object, fixed point, and a non-negotiable that is unaffected by circumstances.

I plan to use this to help my children and I see what path we are on so that we can redirect ourselves to our Savior.

His Word bears this out:
Ephesians 4:14 KJV – That we [henceforth] be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, [and] cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

James 1:23 NKJV – For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.

Anyone ready for sailing?

Here are some articles I enjoyed this week:
Two Choices Every Mother Faces Daily

Mother Like a Farmer

I hope you enjoy them too.
Finding Joy in the Journey,


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Mrs. Sarah Coller May 6, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Hope you’re having a nice week. I’ve posted the new Homemaking Party for the week and would love to have you link up, if you’d like!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

momstheword May 5, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I love the different comparisons and love the idea of choosing God as a fixed point! Especially when circumstances change or are difficult. Absolutely, let’s go sailing!

Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 😉

Phyllis May 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

Thanks Laura. I’m always glad when someone benefits from something I share.

Laura Rath May 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Hi Phyllis,
Amen! I couldn’t agree more with your post. It touched me today, from the verse, to your words, to the beautiful picture. Just what I needed, thank you.
Visiting from Thought Provoking Thursday.

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