My father bought a small 14’ aluminum fishing boat when I was a boy. I remember it had a 20-horse outboard motor on it so it could move pretty fast on the calm waters of Lake St. Clair in Michigan. I loved sitting in the bow when dad would crank up the throttle and feel the bow lift up in the air as the boat took off.

One day the motor stopped working, and we were dead in the water. Dad tried and tried to get the engine started but to no avail. With daylight wasting away, he decided to row the boat back to shore. I learned two valuable lessons that day:

1. Rowing is hard work.

2. It is hard to row a boat in a straight line!

After much effort and too many course corrections, we made it back to shore, where we could get the parts needed to ensure that we didn’t have to row that boat again.

I look back on that experience and think of how hard it was to row that boat and how valuable it was to have more than one person in the boat to take turns rowing and looking to shore to make sure we were heading in the right direction. We needed each other that day.

Life is the same way. We need other people to help us row the boat. We need other people to be watching where we are heading, ready to offer encouragement, and course correction when required. So, who is helping you row the boat of life? Who is helping you stay on course for Christ?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about how everyone is a theologian. One of the books I mentioned in that post was R.C. Sproul’s Everyone’s a Theologian. I also offered to read and discuss that book with anyone interested. One person has expressed interest in meeting to discuss the book.

Let me invite you to join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30. We will meet in my office, discuss a short chapter, and pray together. That’s it. Nothing fancy or complicated. Just show up to listen, talk, and pray. So, if you don’t have other obligations such as Awana, pop in my office at 6:30 this Wednesday night.*

We would love to see you there. Let’s row the boat together.

*Don’t worry if you don’t have a copy of the book yet. Please come anyway.

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