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Lubber or Sea Dog?


“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take heart, I have overcome the world.” ~John 16:33

Photo by Johannes Plenio

We want to be rescued from difficult trials, and believe being consistently rescued is a blessing. I love the quote by John P. Weiss, “Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.”

The difference between sailors, the Lubber and the Sea Dog, was experience. How does one gain strength, experience and the common sense behind the tasks? By weathering the entire journey.

Consistently escaping hardships keeps you weak, fearful and without resources. If the journey only gets worse from the onset, how are you supposed to make it to the end? Fighting for your life, for your faith, is a painful experience, the one thing we’re not supposed to do while in pain is sin.

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. ~1 Peter 4:12-13

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