“Look,” says the Teacher, “this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—”

– Ecclesiastes 7:27

During the age of discovery, we can look back and be amazed at how brave people were and how they were not afraid to take risks. From the 15th century to the 17th century, several European countries explored sea routes for trade, colonization, and cultural exchange between regions across the globe. Historically, we tend to think of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Ferdinand Magellan. As each of these explorers set out, we could agree they may not have had the best or most accurate plans, but they were great sailors focused on their mission.

One thing we can learn from these characters in history is to be open to discovery! Laura Decker is another modern-day sailor. It is amazing that at 16 years old she was the youngest person to ever circumnavigate the globe, and she did it alone in 518 days! Throughout her life, she lived a life of discovery — she spent the first five years of her life at sea, sailing often with her parents all over the world. At the age of six, she began learning how to sail solo. During her father’s discipleship, she sailed the Netherlands, England, the French Coast, and from Australia to South Africa. Her discovery voyages prepared her to circumnavigate the globe!

Friend, a personal plan that includes improvement and discovery is the best way to prepare for life. It is always important to strive to become a better person every day. You can take responsibility as much as you are able, be allergic to blaming others for anything, and take a few small steps every single day toward becoming who you want to be!


Father, even if my plans aren’t perfect, help me to move forward.


Does your personal plan include discovery? How open are you to discovering new things?

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