I’ve always wanted to go on a sailboat.  I think there’s a beauty to them and am amazed at how fast they’re able to go.  I’ve also always wanted to yell, “All hands on deck!” and I may or may not secretly hope to find pirate treasure someday! ;)

     I’ve watched sailing contests and am fascinated at how a team has to work so hard to be sure the sails go up at just the right time.  I’ve also seen the defeat of teams who haven’t quite gotten it right and the sails either don’t get up quickly; or even worse, don’t get up at all.  I often wonder why one is successful and the other fails.  Could it be that one has practiced the art of the perfect release, over and over again?  Maybe that same one learns what type of fabric will be the best to use for speed.  Maybe they’ve taken the time to learn everything they possibly can to be successful.  The interesting thing is, although every one of those things are important, it’s the wind that powers the sail; and the wind can be unpredictable. 

     Two Skippers can have the same boat and the same type of sail; but it’s how the Skipper chooses to set the sail that is the deciding factor between success or failure. 

     This weekend I attended a conference and learned more than I ever imagined I could.  One of the quotes I loved was, “It’s not just what happens to you in life, it’s what you do with what happens.”  -Joseph Valenzuela

     The wind blows on us all, it’s how we set the sails during the journey that determines our destination. 

“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you. But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea, blown up and down by the wind. Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time, and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.”
— James 1:5-8


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