Monday, April 23, 2007

trim your sails!

It occurred to me that setting our minds and setting our hearts on the Lord is a lot like sailing.  A sailboat gets its maximum power from pointing close to the source of wind, without heading directly into it, just as we really can't look directly at the Lord.  As He blows His holy wind or holy spirit we trim the sails of our attitude to point close to the wind.  When sailing you try for an angle of about 30 degrees to create maximum lift or power behind the sails.  Just as the wind can shift, so can the Lord guide with course changes and we need to trim our sails to continue to point close and optimize our speed and direction.  All of us take our energy for living from one source or another.  Why not purpose to trim your sails to point close up into the Lord.  There's nothing quite like the liberating feeling of gliding across the water, being pulled with the strong, yet invisible, force of wind.  There's nothing like setting our hearts and minds on the Lord and allowing the strength of His spirit to fill our sails.
Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Let's sail with Jesus.  We'll reach the right destination and enjoy the ride, as well !
Rob Smith

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