Originally posted 2016-06-29 23:25:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Traditionally, a naval ship’s purpose is to serve and bring glory to king and country. In order to do this, every boat needs to be manned by a captain and a crew. Each person has his own specific and individual duties that are necessary for the ship’s daily function. The ship’s success will be determined by the captain’s focus, leadership and preparedness and the crew’s training, eagerness and dedication. Ships that fail to reach their objectives are usually captained by a man seeking personal glory, or occupied by a mutinous crew. Every ship is given missions for the glory of king and country. Some will be accomplished solo and some as part of the fleet. On their return home, great rewards and decorations await those ships that successfully complete their missions.
A church is like a ship of the navy. Its purpose is to serve and bring glory to God in Heaven.
God has commanded us to board one of His ships and become a member of the crew (we are directed to find a church that is fulfilling its spiritual missions and use our spiritual gifts to help that ship reach its objectives). There will come a day, when we are in Heaven, where everyone is applauding the successful missions of certain ships (churches). Let’s make sure that we aren’t one of the regretful people saying, ‘I could have been aboard that ship and been part of their successful spiritual assignments. But alas, I didn’t want to get my feet wet or risk leaving the comfort and safety of the harbour.’
Originally posted 2016-08-04 00:17:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
TO BE THANKFUL FOR:
The mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
The taxes I pay because it means that I’m employed.
The clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.
My shadow who watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.
A lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
All the complaining I hear about our government because it means we have freedom of speech.
The space I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking.
My huge heating bill because it means I am warm.
The lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means that I can hear.
The piles of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.
Weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been productive.
The alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means that I’m alive.
Getting too much email bogs me down but at least I know I have friends who are thinking of me.
Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when The alarm rings, thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.
Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible, thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.
Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising, thank you Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.
Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned and tempers are short, thank you, Lord, for My family. There are many who are lonely.
Even though our breakfast table never looks like the pictures in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced, thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry;
Even though the routine of my job often is hard, thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.
Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest, thank you, Lord, for life.
— Author Unknown
Originally posted 2014-06-26 02:50:36. Republished by Blog Post Promoter