May 9 – A Ship That Goes Nowhere

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A Ship That Goes Nowhere

“No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.”    –Alfred E. Luccock

There was a boat captain who constantly argued with his chief engineer about who had the most important job on the ship. Unable to come to any resolution, they both agreed to swap places to have a better understanding of one another’s positions.

The engineer went up into the captain’s quarter and the captain went down into the engine room.  A few hours later, the captain came up, covered in oil, and began yelling, “You’ve got to get down here, I can’t get this thing started!” The engineer replied, “Of course you can’t, the ship is still aground!”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work until you first teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” In other words, for people to work towards a common goal, they must have a unified passion.  If someone perceives his role or assignment as being more important than his fellow man, then an attitude of superiority begins to take root.

The captain needed the engineer, and the engineer needed the captain.  Even so, God has divinely designed the church as a body with many parts.  Each part is integral and necessary for the ship of Zion to reach its final destination.

Daily Reading: I Chronicles 21-23

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