One Degree of Rudder Shift

Which way are you going?

Rudder - ShipThinking through a personal process this month forced me to ask some questions that might be uncomfortable. Something we have all done at some point of our past.

Where do I stand on ______? (Fill in the blank) Where am I going? What’s my next step? How are my finances? My health? Family? Future? Past? How are things between me and my wife?

In other words, it times to use some phrases that I am very comfortable with.

Personal Accountability. Status Check. 

Here’s the reality… I am accountable… To self… To God… To church… To family…  I have a number of irons in the fire that are challenging me to the next level of life and living and being; voices that are keeping my feet to the fire and my focus in forward motion.

It is true that there are important things missing in my life, and I am fully aware of them, scanning the horizon for solutions.  Some are simply holes that need to be molded closed, while some are additions that need to be added, questions to be answered, and decisions to be made.

The one thing I note is that my Status Check does not require major decisions! Most are simply common sense adjustments to what I already do. Most are easily changed from a slight negative to a slight positive. Most of these changes are a minuscule shift of the rudder of my life.

Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.  (Jas 3:4 NKJV)

This has been digging deep into my thinking this past week. I’m the pilot of my ship and am in charge of my rudder. I’ve posted several times about this:

1 degree of rudder shift = huge difference 12 hours later. What are you accepting/doing now that will have huge penalties/rewards tomorrow?

Sailing ships used a combination of rudder and rigging to amend their direction, hence arrive at the desired destination. Powered ships can more easily adjust their direction when underway, but they have computers to automate the adjustment. Easy to be exact, wouldn’t you say?

A minor adjustment today is not immediately seen, but look down the road a day, week, or year… Well. Consider this. If you want to, or need to, make a major change, do you know how to do this successfully?

One Degree at a time.

Small shifts in direction, one degree at a time, will eventually get you to your destination without major changes that could overwhelm you. It’s analogous to something Benjamin Franklin said: Watch the pennies and the dollars take care of themselves.

So, maybe you do need a major shift. Try to be successful by taking the small adjustments to get to that place.

How does a rudder work???? More about this tomorrow.