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The Best Emotional Lifeboat

9 Aug

Life Boat drillBob Phillips, who wrote The World’s Greatest Collection of Clean Jokes (Harvest House), included this funny joke about lifeboats:

Joe: “Woman the lifeboats! Woman the lifeboats!”

Moe: “You don’t mean ‘woman’ the lifeboats … you meanman’ the lifeboats.”

Joe:  “Look, you fill your lifeboats, and I’ll fill mine.” (1)

No one thinks much about lifeboats until they need them.

Pam wrote, in Fantastic After 40 [which you can order here], “When life feels overwhelming… your best emotional lifeboat is a bigger view of God….

“…If I get news that makes me feel that life is spinning out of control, I look up verses on god as the sovereign King who is in complete control. When I am feeling all alone, I look up verses on God as my Father. When I am feeling devalued, neglected, or marginalized, I look up verses on God’s love. When I am tempted to react in anger or unkindness, I look up verses on God’s patience or kindness.

“When life feels unfair or unkind, I need to take action to keep an accurate view of God. God is still the same, no matter how I feel. ” (2)

The important thing to remember about lifeboats is that it’s always wise to have lifeboat drills, so one understands how they function and the best way to survive.

I (Dawn) like Pam’s analogy. If our best emotional lifeboat is a bigger view of God, we can’t wait until the last minute to get that view. We need to be seeking Him, studying Him, understanding how He works and how He can help us not only survive, but thrive in life.

A USA Today article by Cathy Lynn Grossman (10/7/10) noted that Americans’ (not necessarily Christians’) views of God shape attitudes on key issues. (3) The article presented four views of God that Americans have, based on research by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, sociologists at Baylor University in their book, America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God ~ and What That Says About Us.

Grossman discusses these four views of God as defined in the book: Continue reading

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