Monday, February 14, 2011

Because We Are Drowning

"A number of years ago, I was at the beach with my son, Jonathan, who was quite young at the time. I was helping him catch waves and, as it turned out, a little riptide got hold of me. Suddenly I was no longer able to touch bottom. I realized I was getting pulled by this little riptide, and the frustrating thing was that I was so close to the shore.

It would have been extremely humiliating for me, a guy who has been around the beach all of his life, to cry out for help so close to land. So I didn't say anything. I was holding Jonathan above the water, getting pulled out a little bit more. I noticed the lifeguard was kind of looking at me, probably waiting for me to yell for help, but I did not want to do that.

I was getting pulled out a little bit further, a little bit deeper, and the lifeguard most likely thought, What an idiot! I am going to have to save this guy. He started swimming our way, and just as he got to us, I was able to get my feet on the bottom again. I told him, "I am okay. It's all right." Why wouldn't I cry out for help? I was too proud.

In the same way, we don't like to say, "I need God's help." We want to say, "I am a good person. I am a strong person." Though you may be a good man or a good woman, you have sinned, just like every one of us has sinned. And one sin is enough to keep us out of heaven. That is why we need a Savior. We need a Savior because we are drowning. He is God's gift to us." Pastor Greg


  1. Great blog Paul! I'm reminded Jonah 2:2 (New King James Version)

    2 And he said:

    “ I cried out to the LORD because of my affliction,
    And He answered me.
    “ Out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
    And You heard my voice.

    We need to be so fully persuaded and filled with the Word of God that the first thing out of our mouths in times of trouble is: "Please Help me and give me guidance O-Lord!"

    Thank you for putting this up my brother!

    Three-Fold Cord

  2. I wanted to thank you for this great post!! I enjoyed every little bit of it, I have you bookmarked and waiting for all the new stuff you post.


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