I am on vacation this week…enjoy sun, sand and sea.  
I’m re-posting some heavily edited archives.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Navigational beacons…they aren’t just for boats,
you know!
Navigational beacons are needed when driving a
car too.
We need stop signs, stop lights, speed limit
signs, yield signs, construction ahead…you get the idea.
And you know what else?  
They are
also needed for navigating this life. 
Max Lucado writes, “Here are some God-given, time-tested truths that define the way
you should navigate your life.  Observe them and enjoy secure
passage.  Ignore them and crash against the ragged rocks of
He goes on to list some items he refers
to as Laws of the Lighthouse. 
– Love God more than you fear hell.
– Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
– Make major decisions in a cemetery.
– When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
– Succeed at home first.
– Don’t spend tomorrow’s money today.
– Pray twice as much as you fret.
– Listen twice as much as you speak.
– Only harbor a grudge when God does.
– Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
– Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
– ‘Tis wiser to err on the side of generosity than on the side of scrutiny.
– God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
– When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
– Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
– Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
– The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
– Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
– Live your liturgy.

To sum it all up: Approach life like a voyage on a schooner. Enjoy the view. Explore the vessel. Make friends with the captain. Fish a little. And then get off when you get home.

-Max Lucado
From In the Eye of the Storm©
(Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2006) Max Lucado
Then I ran across this story…

Two battleships assigned to the training squadron had been at sea on
maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I was serving on the lead
battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The visibility was
poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye on
all activities.

Shortly after dark, the
lookout on the wing reported, “Light, bearing on the starboard bow.”

“Is it steady or moving
astern?” the captain called out.

The lookout replied,
“Steady, Captain,” which meant we were on a dangerous collision course with
that ship.

The captain then called to
the signalman, “Signal that ship: ‘We are on a collision course, advise you
change course twenty degrees.’“

Back came the signal,
“Advisable for you to change course twenty degrees.”

The captain said, “Send:
“I’m a captain, change course twenty degrees.’“

“I’m a seaman
second-class,” came the reply. “You had better change course twenty
By that time the captain
was furious. He spat out, “Send: ‘I’m a battleship. Change course twenty

Back came the flashing
light, “I’m a lighthouse.”

We changed course.

This story was taken from here.

This story certainly illustrates the importance of following the Laws of
the Lighthouse. 

I think my favorite law of the lighthouse is pray twice as much as you fret.  Think
how much better things would go if I ALWAYS followed that law!
What is your favorite Law of the Lighthouse?


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