Correcting One's Course
"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourageŚwith great patience and careful instruction."1
The following story has been around on the email for a while but it isn't true. It does make for a good parable however. "Once upon a time" there was a radio conversation between two ships off the coast of Neverland.
Ship One: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
Ship Two: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.
Ship One: This is the Captain of a navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
Ship Two: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.
Ship One: This is an AIRCRAFT CARRIER and we are accompanied by numerous support vessels. I demand that YOU change YOUR course 15 degrees north, that's one five degrees north, or counter measures will be taken to ensure the safety of this ship.
Ship Two: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me not to be carried away with my own importance, never blame others for my problems, and always be open to correction and guidance. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's name, amen."
1. 2 Timothy 4:2 (NIV).