We Sailed On

Ship at seaI’ve read before concerning the story of Christopher Columbus. It was stated that each new day, as he faced the trials and challenges, he pressed forward, and at the end of each day he paused to record in his journal. At one point, he wrote day after day a simple line. That single line, however, has inspired men to dream of unknown lands, reach for greater heights, and cross unchartered waters. That line is simply; “Today we sailed on.” On those days, there were no oceans crossed. No great feats accomplished. They just simply, “sailed on.”

There certainly are days like that. The fact is, there may be more of those days than the extraordinary days. Someone has said that “variety is the spice of life, but monotony pays the bills.”

Monotony. According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language it means, “tedious sameness or repetitiousness.” The Collins English Dictionary gives the following definition, “wearisome routine; dullness.”

It’s the monotony of life that can cause us to be weary. It’s the same ole, same ole. It’s the alarm clock going off every day at the same time. The same challenges for the same pay. It’s the bills. The cooking. The ironing. The mowing. The maintenance. The same disagreements with the same people.

Apostle Paul used the phrase, “the things that come upon me daily.” It’s the daily routine or the “daily grind” as it has been referred to that can wear us down. One philosopher said, “the thing about life is, it is so daily.”

If we allow it to, life can simply cause us to be weary. People get weary with their children. Weary with their spouse. Weary with their job. Weary with life.

Weary. Let’s talk about that. It comes from a Greek word, ekkakeo which means “to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out; exhausted.” Vines Bible Dictionary gives it a synonymous word; “faint” which means “to lack courage; lose heart to be fainthearted, to be weary in anything.”

We are admonished in Scripture to “be not weary in well doing” (2 Thess. 3:13). To the Galatians Paul wrote, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). Let us remember that there is a day of reckoning. There is coming a day of rewarding the things that seemingly go unnoticed today. There will be that time of acknowledging what is done in secret. We don’t do it for that cause, but I will tell you whatever accolades could be given in this life pale in comparison to the rewards that heaven will give you instead.

So dear reader in closing, be faithful. Be encouraged. Keep doing the right thing even when it’s tough. There are days when we feel like we didn’t get much accomplished. There are even church services like that too (at least from this preacher’s honest perspective). Days when we feel like a failure because we just didn’t quite hit the target. The fact is progress was made. Some days more than others, but always headed in the right direction.

Don’t quit. Sail on. Keep on keeping on and before you know it, you’ll get to shore. You will reach your intended (God’s intended) destination. You’ll get those kids raised. You will get those bills paid. You will improve your marriage with God’s help. You will get through the storm. Be not weary in well doing. Just keep doing well because it’s all contingent upon that. The Scripture did say we shall reap “IF” we faint not (Gal. 6:9). If we don’t quit.

Thanks for reading!

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