The Danger of the Drift

Years ago I spent a summer in Sarasota, Florida. While there the people I stayed with took me to the beach often. On our first trip they warned me about the currents in the ocean most people don’t notice. They reminded me to always maintain a focal point on the beach so I wouldn’t drift out into danger. I was young and cocky so I didn’t listen. I could take care of myself (or so I thought).

I spent some time chillin & catching some rays on an air mattress without keeping any focal point on the beach and before I knew it I was way too far out. The drift was so subtle I didn’t notice until I was dangerously far from where I needed to be.

After being married 36 years & being in ministry 39 I’ve seen the danger of the drift in our key relationships with God, our spouse and friends. The small group of people I was connected with in Florida tried to warn me about the ocean currents, but I wasn’t humble enough to listen.

You & I need to be connected with a small group of people who have our best interests in mind; people who will caution us about the danger of the drift with God, our spouse and other key relationships.

By the way – you’re not immune from the danger of the drift. Jesus said times of stumbling will come to all of us, & scripture is clear – our hearts/minds are easily deceived.

We all need a group of people around us who will help us keep our focus, & we need to be humble enough to submit to their care, concern & wisdom.

God never intended you or me to do life alone. Doing life alone destines us for the danger of the drift !

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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