FROM THE PULPIT: Find happiness in Jesus, not things

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM.

One of my favorite stories is about a Navy officer who always dreamed of commanding a battleship. He finally achieved that dream and received commission of the fleet’s newest, proudest ship.

One stormy night, as the ship plowed through the seas, the captain was on bridge duty when, off to the port, he saw a strange light rapidly approaching his own vessel.

Immediately, he ordered the signalman to flash a message that said, “Alter your course 10 degrees to the south.” Only a moment passed before the reply came: “Alter your course 10 degrees north.”        

Determined that his ship would take a backseat to no other, the captain snapped out the order: “Alter course 10 degrees — I’m the captain.”

The response beamed back was, “Alter your course 10 degrees — I’m Seaman 3rd Class Jones.”

Infuriated, the captain grabbed the signal light and fired off, “Alter your course — I am a battleship.”

The reply came back, “Alter your course. I am a lighthouse.”

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