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May 22, 2018, 12:00 AM

Time For A Change



There's an old sea story about a ship's Captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the first mate that the stench of the crew was horrible. The Captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change their underclothes regularly. The first mate responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!”The first mate went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced, “The Captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underclothes. Pittman, you change with Jones, Leroy, you change with Witkowski, and Brown you change with Schultz.” (Anonymous)

The Moral of the Story: Someone may come along and promise “Change”, but you often end up with the same old smell. 

 

~ Here are a few thoughts I have taken from this humorous but poignant story.

  • I will never change what I allow myself to tolerate. You know, like making excuses for being late to work, church, and other important events. Idenitfy bad habits and make up your mind to change them. Remember, a double minded person is unstable in all of their ways (James 1:8).
  • Achieving excellence is attainable right now; it is the maintenance of excellence that is so difficult. Start small and increase your efforts. Praying 10 minutes a day equals 1 hour and 10 minutes a week. That's 52.8 hours in a year or 2.2 days of prayer. The same principle applies to anything you desire to learn (music, langauge, business, et al) and begin to excel in.  
  • Change always requires a degree of sacrifice. Do it with joy for the end result.  

True change is a transformation of the habits of one’s mind. It is a mixture of a person's will embracing the will of God, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). ~ JPS

 



Comments

05-23-2018 at 12:46 PM
Brian Enochs
Wow, thanks for sharing! : )
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