It would be easy if we could spend our lives just going downstream all the time. Let the current push us along. Don't exert as much effort. And get where we want to go faster.
All of us, without exception though, have a life of upstream travels. The problems and complexities of life are constantly pushing against us. We have to work harder and hard to make progress.
But there is good news! For Christians, we have a bigger boat with a bigger motor! It's Jesus Christ!
Those without Christ in their lives have to face all that life throws at them without that added support. They have to depend on friends and family only to get through the tough times. And, as you know my friends, that is simply not enough.
Jesus Christ is the secret ingredient. But it should not be a secret. Use this analogy today to talk to others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. You don't have to quote scriptures. Just tell a story of a tough time in which a bigger boat with a bigger motor helped you make it upstream. - - Marty Kittrell
Photo: A towboat and barges makes it way upstream at the Mississippi River bridges in Vicksburg, MS, this past Saturday morning.