In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. – Proverbs 3:6, TLB.
Higgins wasn’t the highest-ranking officer aboard,but the young ensign caught the attention of the captain. “That young man is going to be a real credit to the Navy “ said the captain. “Why don’t we give him a chance to see how well he can run the ship?”
So orders were sent to the sailor that he was to take charge and prepare the boat for departure. In record time Ensign Higgins had the ship on its way out of the harbor. He sat back, proud of a job well done.
A knock at the door roused him from his moment of glory. “Captain Stevens would like a word with you.”
Higgins straightened his uniform and followed the messenger to the captain’s office. He looked forward to hearing the praise that the captain was sure to give him. But when he entered the office, the captain wasn’t around. The messenger Just pointed to the telephone on the desk.
“Hello,” said Higgins. “Captain Stevens?”
“Yes, Higgins. I just wanted to commend you on a job well done. You readied the ship in record time. But you overlooked one thing. Next time, make sure your captain is aboard before you set sail.”
Every morning we need to make sure that the Captain of our lives is with us before we begin to sail through a new day. We may be efficient and skilled, but without His direction, we’re headed for trouble.
There are two basic reasons that we start a day without God.
Sometimes we don’t want His companionship. We know that the things we have planned are against His will. And we don’t want Him to step in and try to change our direction.
But most of the time we’re just careless. We let other things distract us from praying and reading the Bible. We may feel that worship is a nice thing to do but that it isn’t all that important. So we put it on the back burner-something to do if we have the time.
Do all you can to take the Captain with you each day. It will take some of your time, but the benefits you’ll receive will be well worth it.
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