There are all sorts of winds in life. There are the social and spiritual winds. There are also political winds, economic winds, and cultural winds. Once a person sets out to accomplish anything worthwhile and wholesome in life they soon realize there is a crosswind to deal with. Seldom do the winds blow you in the direction you want to go. Someone has said, “All good things are upstream”.
I don’t know much about sailboats, but I do know that if you’re going to be successful as a sailor you have to learn how to sail against the wind. The sailor who waits for a favorable wind will spend most of his time waiting. In the life of a sailing ship it really isn’t important which way the wind blows, it’s just important that it blow. The trick is to learn how to harness the power of the wind, regardless of which way it is blowing, and use that power to propel the ship to the desired destination.
Life is a lot like sailing. Your ship of life will not be blown easily to success. You will not drift into greatness. I believe we all realize this, yet many people sit and wait for a favorable wind. Or worse, they blame the winds of life for their lack of progress and surrender as victims of bad luck.
Reaching any worthwhile goal, whether spiritual or physical, will involve overcoming obstacles. I believe life is designed that way to prevent the undeserving from having life’s best. To succeed and achieve you merely have to deserve to succeed and achieve. And the way you deserve to succeed and achieve is, you overcome. You learn and engage in the disciplines necessary to harness the power of the winds of life no matter what direction they blow. Paul said, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal…” (Phil. 3:13-14).
The winds of time have blown us to the edge of a new millennium. What a great time to reevaluate our goals and priorities. What a great time to renew our commitment to the Lord Jesus, to our families, our church, ourselves and to our callings. None of us know how much time we have left. But whatever time we have left, let’s do something significant with it. Learn to sail against the wind.