You Are the Captain of Your Ship

“And Hiram sent him ships commanded by his own men, sailors who knew the sea. These, with Solomon’s men, sailed to Ophir and brought back four hundred and fifty talents of gold, which they delivered to King Solomon.”

– 2 Chronicles 8:18

Today, I encourage you to become the captain of your own “ship” or life. Earl Nightingale, a radio speaker and author who specialized in human character development, put it this way: “Think of a ship with the complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where the ship is going and how long it will take — it has a definite goal. And 9,999 times out of 10,000, it will get there.” In fog, the destination may be invisible, but the captain still knows how to navigate it. 

The good news is that only you can captain your life; no one else can do it for you. No one can steer your life in the direction it needs to go. You’re the best person to be at the helm of your life, and it’s natural to resent people who try to control your path. I’m sure both of your parents and friends have tried. Remember that God has provided you with everything you need to captain your ship and arrive at your God-given dream! Through prayer, you can do it; you can take charge of your life.

Friend, if you put a hundred thousand boats in the middle of the sea and hoped they’d all get to their destination, how many would arrive? Probably zero. One or two may get lucky and drift into the harbor without a crew or leader, and sometimes in life, you see that. But overwhelmingly, a ship needs a captain. You are the captain of your own life, and you’ll find direction, wisdom, and success as you journey with God, the master navigator!


Father, in my role as captain of my life, I need your guidance and wisdom.


In your life, do you see God as the master navigator?

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