Don’t think of saving yourself
Acts 27:30 “In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow.”
It seems that there is a human instinct in all of us to survive. That certainly is true for the sailors. They had previously let down the anchors at the stern, at the back of the ship. It would be obvious to think that letting the anchors down at the front of the ship was the right thing to do to give extra security. However, they were not thinking of that kind of security, they were thinking of themselves.
The moment you think of yourself someone suffers.
Of course no one benefits if you do not live healthily, if you do not take care of yourself and if you don’t sleep properly etc. But if you decide ‘to hell with everyone’ and ‘I am going to look after me for a change’, then that is the point of no return because people will be brought so low with that attitude that they may never recover.
I have lost friends who used to walk with me because at a given moment they looked around and saw the ship, the people on board and the rocks that seem to be coming ever closer and said, “I put myself first” and at that moment though I thought they were taking care of everyone, they didn’t, they fooled everyone, they tried saving themselves, but ended up losing everything.
However I have gained friends who understand ‘love and sacrifice’ and they will be the last one off the ship making sure I would go before them.
That is who I am also trying to be, this is my life’s aim, others first, stay on board.