It is a once in a lifetime opportunity. With a ticket in hand you board for the very first sailing of this modern marvel. On board the ship features a gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants, and beautiful cabins. Some of the wealthiest people in the world are joining you for this historical moment. For several days you live the dream, but around midnight into the fourth day everything changes. Suddenly you hit an iceberg and your life begins to sink.
In this moment of tragedy, what do you do? Do you give up? Do you help those around you? Do you find the lifeboat? Nothing has mattered more than this moment of decision. What you do next will result in life or death. It’s a moment like no other and your life is in your hands.
It’s been over 100 years since the Titanic set sail. It was billed as the unsinkable ship, but history tells a different story. Many of us live as if our lives are unsinkable. It seems that right in the middle of the good in life, there is always the possibility of an iceberg waiting to cause damage. I often think we are either walking out of a problem or into one. So, what do we do?
There is a valuable lesson to be learned from the tragedy we have relived together. First, there were only 20 lifeboats on board the Titanic, far below its capacity. How many lifeboats are in your life? Do you have the support system to help you when you are struggling? Give someone in your life permission to direct you and correct you when things aren’t right. Second, of the lifeboats available, they were only filled to half capacity. When a lifeboat is offered do you accept or deny it? There is help for you. Counselors, Pastors, Support Groups, etc., are all available if you will only step inside the lifeboat.
Winston Churchill said “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Let’s learn the lesson from the tragedy of the Titanic. Fill your life to capacity with lifeboats, and use them when necessary.