What is going overboard?
Acts 27:18 “We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard.”
What would you get rid of first?
The ship was in danger of sinking so they began to lighten it by throwing all their merchandise, the grain and goods that were heading to Rome.
It is amazing how much you can carry when all is well. When the storm strikes it is then you realise that some things are really heavy:
- Responsibilities: the things that people give you to carry. You have been trusted and people are relying on you.
- Expectations: you are a ship after all, this is what you do, the obvious things and the unquestionable things, you just have to carry them.
- Investments: things you have given to and spent time with and what others have made in you also, it is hard to let go of what has happened.
If letting go of just one thing which is either a responsibility or an expectation or what you have invested your time and money in would lighten your life so much you feel you will thus survive, then maybe you are carrying way too much?!
Are you carrying what God is asking you to carry?
You may waken up to a storm today and it could be that you have to lighten your life, to make some radical adjustments.
If you cannot handle disappointment then you will never let go. Sometimes disappointing somebody is exactly what you need to do in order to keep sailing through the storm.
Throw something overboard.