I picture a boat out in the sea. The boat is rowing along with passengers. This is your boat and you are paddling forward with a determination to make it safely to shore. The other passengers have paddles too, but they are not moving in the same direction in which you are. So the boat gets stagnant at times. The boat rocks viciously side to side at times. The boat even rows backwards at times. Can you picture all of that? Now, apply this to your life. The boat is your life. You have the desire to succeed in life or move forward to the shore. Your great destination is the shore. Then, you have passengers or a circle of people in your life who have motives or paddles. Some people are trying to help you move forward but some are not. Some people don’t want you to succeed. Some don’t want you to know happiness. Some try to pull you backwards. Are you feeling me on this? Some folks will row with you just to have an update on what you are doing so they can find a way to mess stuff up for you. This is truth.

Stop paddling for a second and check the passengers in the boat of your life. Check their paddles or their motives. If those paddles are not going in the same direction as yours, it may be time to lighten the load in your boat. If they are trying to pull you under then obviously, they can swim. Put them out in love! If they want to go backwards, put them out and let them swim backwards on their own. If they want to keep rocking the boat, put them out and let them rock by themselves in the water. If you have a vision or destination that you desire to make it to in life and it is GOOD, do know that you won’t be able to take everybody with you. That is why it is called YOUR VISION or YOUR DESTINATION. Everybody isn’t going to understand your journey so don’t expect them to. Everybody will not support it. Check the passengers in your boat. Check their paddles  or motives. The vision or destination is FORWARD, and if their paddling isn’t reflecting that, lighten the load in your boat! “Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh” (Philippians 3:2 NIV). Be Blessed. –S.L.M.





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