The Set of the Sail
I find the greatest thing in this world not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it, but we sail, and not drift, nor live at anchor. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
One ship drives east and another drives west, with the selfsame winds that blow; ’tis the set of the sails and not the gales which tells us the way to go. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. – Matthew 16.24
Let us put up our sails, trusting the Lord alone to lead us onward; forget ourselves, and look forward to Christ. Let us surrender our will to his, and give all we can offer to God. It matters not the direction we try to head in, yet the direction Christ leads us is vital. Trust him, not ourselves, for we can lead ourselves towards nothing but death, whereas he leads us to true life.
Trust Christ alone to lead us to life.