the danger of drifting

When I am on holiday at my favorite Florida resort, I love to drift in the lazy river. I could do it for hours. When I was a child at the cottage, I loved to take the boat out into the middle of the lake, kick my feet up, and fish while drifting with the wind. On these occasions, drifting is a relaxing, refreshing, freeing experience. It’s not wasting time because the purpose is just that: slow down, chill, calm the body and the spirit.

But drifting can be dangerous on other occasions. I recall the story of a friend who laid back in a canoe in the Florida everglades, closed his eyes behind his sunglasses, caught a few zzzz’s until he was rudely awakened by a rocking motion – an alligator trying to get into the canoe with him! Or drifting in the Niagara River above the famous falls is probably not a good idea either.


Hebrews 2:1 = we must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away … how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?


Disobedience and disinterest can have fatal implications. Do not drift towards death and destruction. Embrace the gifts God offers in his son Jesus.

We are finishing 6 weeks of study and preaching on Rick Warren’s popular decade-old book The Purpose Driven Life. I feel like the warning of Hebrews is appropriate in this context too. What a tragedy to waste a life. Let’s know why we are placed here on earth, for this time, for these purposes. Let’s live according to our divine design. Let’s not squander the short time we do have.

I don’t think Rick Warren is making this stuff up out of thin air. I see it in the Bible: Ephesians 5:15-17, Psalm 90:12, Deuteronomy 10:12,13, Acts 26:9-20, 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

Are there specific steps you can take to make sure you live according to purpose? It is never too late. Here is my simple prayer: God help me to learn from the Apostle Paul how to ‘get purpose’ and how to ‘stay on purpose’. I’ll be paying attention tomorrow.


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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