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Thursday, June 25, 2015

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I’m Back In School
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Well I’m back in school. Perhaps not the school that you might be thinking of, but it is school, sailing school that is.

In 2013 I decided to take up sailing. Why? Well mainly because I had acquired a sailboat, so why not. I’ve got to admit that I’m the type of person that tends to take up things that others don’t. After all, running a power boat doesn’t take a lot of expertise although it does require safe operation. So for me, sailing is a greater challenge. Going to sailing school was a great experience, and now I’m back.

Funny thing about sailing, if one sailboat is good, then two must be better. Eventually I ended up with three. How’d that happen? Let’s just say that it just did. I did give one to my neighbor who’s also going to classes with me so technically I only have two.

So why am I back in sailing school? The reason is simple, I don’t know all that I need to know, and I need more experience. It’s not that I can’t sail, I can do well enough not to capsize, but sometimes things happen while sailing that cause me difficulty. Today we sailed in some very strong winds with stronger gusts. It was a day that I would not have been out on my sailboat, but we sailed anyway. I learned and experienced some good skills. We sailed at 15 to 20 degrees and found that you can sail at that angle and not capsize. In fact you can even go further. I learned how to dump some wind out of the sail to maintain safety and control. I even learned what to do in thunder and lighting storms. In the end, I walk away with more confidence because I’m learning.

In order to learn you must experience, but many are afraid to do that. C.S. Lewis said, “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” To learn is to take risk, it means to put yourself out there to fail, but even in that you still learn. What’s holding you back? A world of classrooms awaits. Think about it.

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