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Learn to Throw People Overboard

I was reading the book of Jonah the other day and I realized something. Sometimes we can be going about our life, doing the right thing, and we hit a storm not because of anything we’ve done, but because we’re associating ourselves with the wrong people.

Coast Guard 47´ Motor Lifeboat in Morro Bay, CA 04 Dec 2007

When Jonah was running away from God, he boarded a ship with strangers, who although was aware of what Jonah was doing (trying to escape God) allowed him on board. Well…they didn’t sail too far until God turned up the sea so badly, the men started crying out to their gods and tried to figure out who had upset God so much, that a storm came upon them. After casting lots, they realized it was because of Jonah’s misdoing. And, as soon as Jonah was cast off of the boat, Jonah 1:15 reads: “Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once!”

My message to you all is this: be careful who you allow on your boat (in your life)! When you face a storm, don’t always assume it’s something you’ve done wrong directly. Like the sailors, check your passengers (people in your life). It just may be time to throw someone overboard.

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