by Pr John Macindoe
Boat Names - Names do not last forever
There are lots of boats on the Hawkesbury. Lots and lots of boats. Big ones, small ones, house boats, fishing boats, cruisers, yachts, barges and more. And lots of these boats have names, often written in big blue letters on the hull: names like Rest & Wreck, Laughalot, or Summer's Folly.
But of all the boats I paddled past on my holidays two, moored in Mooney Mooney Creek, really caught my eye - well at least their names did. The first was called 'Joy-ous' and the second 'Stress Relief'. Both boats had seen better days. Their hulls were covered in weed and molluscs. The timber on their decks was sun bleached, paint was peeling off the rails, the curtains were torn and fading. They looked awful. And yet there they were, both sitting at their moorings incurring annual fees, both still registered incurring annual fees, and both looking anything but sea worthy.
I'm sure that when they were purchased their owners thought that spending time on them would indeed be 'Joy-ous' and a great 'Stress Relief'. I wonder what they think when they look at them now.
Boats are good. I've got two small boats (read kayaks) and I love them. But as good as boats are, and cars, and LCD TV's, and new carpets etc etc, we need to keep our eyes and hearts focused on those things that really matter. What did Jesus say 'Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven' (Matt 6:19-20).
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