There’s a parable about a drowning man who claims God will save him, and refuses any ships that offer to help. After he dies, he asks God why he was left to drown, to which God replies he sent a bunch of ships.

Personally, I think there’s a more insidious version of the parable. Instead of drowning, the man is stuck on a dreary island, complaining that God won’t help him. So instead of dying, the man falls in love with negativity and complaint, and dismisses any ships that might take away his reason to rail at the greater world. Subsequently, he lives his whole life on that island, isolated from adventure, potential, and joy.

I don’t think belief in God is a requirement to get off the island. Just take some ships, and even if they don’t take me where I want to go, I can a chart a course with what I learn along the way.

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  1. I love the way you reimagined the parable to highlight the danger of falling into negativity and complaining, and how it can trap us on a dreary island of our own making. It’s easy to get caught up in our problems and convince ourselves that nothing can help us, but it’s important to remember that there are always opportunities and resources available to us, even if they don’t look the way we expect them to. By being open-minded and willing to take chances, we can chart a course towards a brighter future, one ship at a time. Thanks for sharing this insightful perspective!

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    • Exactly! I’ve often been pleasantly surprised by something seemingly inconsequential or negative. Sometimes it takes a while, but I’ve come to realize everything good doesn’t need to happen at once.


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