A Family Is Like a Ship


Years ago I read an article that compared a family to a ship.  Although I don’t agree with everything he teaches, I found the article Jumping Ship (Part 2):  Stagnant and Unpromising  by Michael Pearl very intriguing.  He likens the family to a ship with a captain and a crew.  Each ship may be different, but in order to keep its crew, it needs to have a clear purpose with each member involved in fulfilling its mission and reaching its destination.  And it must provide some source of entertainment along with rewarding labor.  If the crew sees other ships passing by that appear to be going somewhere while they just float along or remain stagnant… or if they notice the crews on other ships having fun while they seem to just work or have nothing to do, the captain risks having them jump overboard to join other ships that actually appear to be enjoyably going somewhere.  I realized this could apply to church families as well.

How’s your crew?  Are they looking to book passage on a different ship, or do they have the confidence to believe their ship is going somewhere and doing something worthwhile?

About Rene Yoshi

Just a transplanted Okinawan-French Southern girl with a wee bit o' Irish, sharing photography and what I'm learning about spiritual things, including putting off legalism and religious traditions, and embracing God's matchless love, tender mercy, and amazing grace! View all posts by Rene Yoshi

6 responses to “A Family Is Like a Ship

  • Randell Bell

    My father was a licenesed captain and we worked two different fishing trawlers when I was young, then having worked closely with the Navy SEALs I am familiar with concept of working with captain and crew.
    I think a well run ship depends on the example set by the captain. I have seen bad crews become better because of a good captain’s example and seen good crews become bad because of the example of a bad captain. Families as well as churches can thrive or suffer under bad leadership or passive leadership, This is caused by not correctly identifying who the captain is, Jesus Christ. Through out the Gospel and Epistles Jesus is identified as the Captain of the Host, the Bridegroom the head of the church and the church family. We take our orders from the one in charge and we look to the one in charge to set the example. In our daily lives we need a captain to give orders and set the course for the day, we have a rudder the Holy Spirit, but our captain has to be Christ as we seek to follow HIm and the course He sets for todays life. Just my opinion:
    Col.3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

    • Rene Yoshi

      I really appreciate your statements, “This is caused by not correctly identifying who the captain is, Jesus Christ,” and “We take our orders from the one in charge and we look to the one in charge to set the example.”

      Amen! When we do that, our ships/families will run much more smoothly. Not that we won’t run into obstacles or storms, but we are less likely to shipwreck. Thank you, Randell! 🙂

  • Randell Bell

    Yes I have run into a lot of storms in the past two years, but I had a good captain at the helm, thank you Jesus

  • Ralph

    Uh oh !! I am sailing solo into the sunset 😉

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