'Adjusting Our Sails’

Terry Walton


I Was Thinking…

The late astronaut James Irwin once said, “You might think going to the moon was the most scientific project ever but they literally ‘threw us’ in the direction of the moon.  We had to adjust our course every ten minutes and landed within fifty feet of the 500 mile radius of our target.”

This is a great illustration of life.  Life is full of adjustments.  There is nothing as permanent as change.  It was Max DePree who wrote, “When you can’t change the direction of the wind adjust your sails.”  He is correct; we can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.  Someone once said, “Everyone wants to change the world, but no one thinks of changing himself/herself.”

What is in us needs changing?  What is it that others have pointed out in us that needs our attention?  That may be the very thing that will make a difference for the good in us and the world.  Abigail Van Buren once put it: “A bad habit never goes away by itself.  It’s always an undo-it-yourself project.”

It is always interesting to note that almost everyone is in favor of progress.  It is change we don’t like.  Well, constant change is here to stay.  And those who change with it are the ones to experience the blessings of God’s future.  This is true of us as individuals and it is true of us as the church.  The churches that “adjust their sails” are the churches that will be in position to catch the wind of God’s Spirit.

Change is here and more is on its way.  Jesus came with a great message of change.  That message is still changing the world today.  It is still changing me and it is still changing you.  You and I are God’s change agents for the world…what a privilege!

It is not in the Bible but I believe Jesus would agree, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape!”  Let’s adjust our sails and watch what the wind of God’s Spirit will do in and through us.  Have a wonderful journey this week.

Always Thinking…


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