The Impulse of the Helmsman



If we set bits in the horses’ mouths to make them obey us, we can turn their whole bodies about.

Likewise, look at the ships: though they are so great and are driven by rough winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the impulse of the helmsman determines.

 Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!

—James 3:3-5


Words matter.

What we say and what others hear can have lasting and even eternal effects.

Do you remember words that were said to you as a child?

How about conversations that happened more than ten years ago?

The words we remember may be encouraging and helpful, loving and caring or full of wisdom.

They just as easily may be critical and demeaning, hateful and cold or full of blame.

If you’re  like me, it brings a sort of pain to mind just typing the words of the previous sentence.


God cares about what we say.

We are like the helmsman of a ship.

We decide what we are going to say in the same way that he decides where to steer the ship.

The small rudder, like spoken words, can maneuver the entire vessel.


I want my words to be good ones.

Helpful, not hurtful.




I am at the helm….





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