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Did you know that sailboats are powered by renewable energy? Most
people know that the wind provides propulsion, but the water also
provides energy. That is why a sailboat can sail against the wind!
Many sailboats have solar cells to charge batteries which operate
lights, instruments, radios etc.. It is a well-known fact, that most
recreational sailboats stay in their berths when the sun isn't
shining, so one might say that they are also solar powered!
Repairing, restoring and sailing small sailboats is my hobby, but
my passion is missions. My wife and I served nearly four decades as missionaries in Europe and although we
are old and retired, we are still passionate about serving God in
any way we can. We serve in churches, camps and other places; we
raise puppies for The Seeing Eye in Morristown and seek other ways
to help people in need, whether it be physical, material or spiritual.
There are many parallels between sailing and the Christian life. I
often ask people, "What is a boat built for?" They usually reply,
"For the water." Although I have seen some boats that were converted
into children's sandboxes or flower beds, a boat without water is of
little use. The conclusion is understandable, but it is false. A
boat or ship is built to sail ON water but not built FOR the water.
In Christ's prayer for his disciples recorded in John 17, he mentions the
"world" 20 times. He reminds us that we are in the world for a purpose,
but not "for" or "of" the world.
Modern boats are built primarily of materials that are heavier than water but
if there are no leaks, the air keeps them afloat. Christians have the Holy Spirit who keeps them
from sinking and helps them travel against the current and prevailing winds of life.
Even the best built boat is of little use if it has no captain. Many people reject God's message
to mankind. Instead of following the "Captain's" directions, they allow themselves to be tossed and
driven by whatever is easy and popular until they shipwreck.
If this is you, I invite you to give your life - or whatever is left
of it - to Jesus. He forgives and gives new life - renewable energy
if you will!
If you are interested in learning more, call 856-694-5684, or write
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or to:
Ralph V Harvey
153 Bentwood Dr.
Malaga, NJ 08328