You have to go out!

In Cape May, New Jersey, a commander of a ship was aboard with his men. They were getting ready to head out onto the open waters. A massive storm was brewing. 

One of the young men shouted, “But, Captain! If we go out there, we may never come back.” The captain answered, “Son, you don’t have to come back. You have to go out!”*

Speaking about the hope of Christ, Hebrews 6:19 says: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Think about it. If our lives as followers of Jesus were always going to be smooth sailing, there wouldn’t be the need to use a metaphor about an anchor!

When the proverbial winds are strong, you can lose you sense of control. Your powers are overpowered. So an anchor keeps you from drifting away. It ensures you don’t get swept up against the rocks and bashed to pieces. 

We may not like storms. But there are times when staying in the harbour isn’t an option.

I truly think that we are better positioned as disciples of Jesus when we’re prepared for storms, not surprised by them.

Today, wrap yourself in faithfulness to Christ. “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

No matter what happens, my soul is secure. And if you belong to Jesus, so is yours.


–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon called Your Soul Anchor. Click here to watch or listen.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

–*As told in: Tony Campolo, Let Me Tell You A Story: Life Lessons from Unexpected Places and Unlikely People (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2000), 80.

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