Nº 148 MID-COURSE CORRECTIONS weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - June 1, 2021
“Reprimand and rebuke should be accepted as healing remedies for vice and as conducive to good health. From this it is clear that those who pretend to be tolerant because they wish to flatter---those who thus fail to correct sinners---actually cause them to suffer supreme loss and plot the destruction of that life which is their true life.” - Saint Basil
In seafaring days of old, sailing ships traveled between Europe and the Americas but were rarely on course. Their journey was one mid-course correction after another. Since we are all prone to drift off course, we must continually amend our headings to reach our desired destinations. At times we may be oblivious to the winds and currents that are influencing us in the wrong directions. We need people around us who will help us regain our headings and restart on the right course. The ones we can trust are those who can read a map, use a compass, and locate the stability of the North Star when the deck beneath us is rocking. One of the last commands Paul gave to Timothy was, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:2) God’s Word provides the direction we need; it charts the course for a productive and effective life. God’s Word must be the basis for any of us who correct, rebuke, or encourage – others or ourselves. And the goal is always to redirect our course to one that better honors, serves, and glorifies God.
Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc