Stone or Sail

    02.07.20 | by Eric Segool

    Psalm 118:24 is a popular verse that is quoted often: “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Depending on how your day is going, you may even choose to embrace it!
    Don’t get me wrong—I have no problem rejoicing when things are settled and going the right way, but my attitude is not always…angelic…when I am unhappy with my current situation.
    Sometimes I can be a Sail, and other times I am definitely a Stone.
    This Sunday, we will be continuing our study of the book of John (John 5 to be specific). I want to challenge you to read ahead and consider whether you are a Sail or a Stone.
    Let me explain…
    Imagine your life as a ship sailing at sea. Every life has its seasons of smooth sailing when our soul truly “will rejoice and be glad in it.” There is contentment, health, prosperity, joy, and optimism. These seasons are wonderful, but we all know that the water is not always so calm. There are seasons full of trials or stormy seas that can fill our hearts and minds with doubts, anxiety, sadness, despair, and even resentment toward God. 
    On that ship at sea, imagine a large stone. It could be a dangerous tripping object to everyone on the boat, it takes up space, its weight slows the ship down, and it can damage the boat. If you throw it overboard, you have to make sure you are not connected or it will take you both to the bottom of the sea.
    “Stone” people can be just as damaging in our lives. They are filled with opinions that leave little room for other views, sharp sarcasm, and are painful for others to be around. They can sap the joy out of the smooth sailing moments in our lives and deepen our despair during the stormy seasons.
    On the other hand, sails are tremendously useful on a sailboat. Sails harness wind and can propel a boat through water with ease. They allow the sailor to focus more on where they are going and less on how to get there because the sail is doing all the work. Sails can be brightly colored so others can easily spot and follow along.
    “Sail” people can propel our lives forward. Sail people are encouragers, they join us in our journeys, and help equip us. Sail people offer God-given guidance, they stand strong with us when we hit those rough seasons, and help us navigate through our trials. Sail people motivate and inspire others to push through whatever trials await. 
    In John 5, Jesus heals a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. Check it out and then make the call if this guy was a Stone or a Sail?
    Then consider whatever season you are in, personally, and whether you are a Stone or a Sail.
    See you Sunday,

    “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner”
    John 5: 19