Friday, October 18, 2002

1 Timothy 1:19

"Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck."
1 Timothy 1:19

What an utterly appropriate analogy for what we do with our lives sometimes... we shipwreck them.  Run them up onto the rocks instead of keeping them in water that is deep enough... we're out there searching for the promised land and instead of waiting for perfection we get bored and settle for the first biggish rock we see... ending up shipwrecking ourselves on a desert island, or even worse, in the middle of the ocean, no land in sight.  the other part of the scripture is basically how to avoid shipwreck... holding faith and a good conscience.  These are tests for each of our days.  Do we still have faith in God, in a good future... in that promised land?  How is our conscience?  Are we doing things that are making us feel bad about ourselves?  If we check our faith and conscience everyday... then we'll know when we're headed for the rocks, and have time to steer clear.  And, you know... if we're already shipwrecked... God has this unlimited supply of ships.  We just have the faith to get back out there, and try again.

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