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|Christians & Cruising
We are not the "Odd Balls" out here.
We are the ones having the most fun!
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|This voyage is about building a better you!
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| I recently discovered a group received a million dollar Government Grant to study: "How many people the average American meets in
a lifetime." This Grant however, reminded me of the grant awarded to four Attorneys a few years back. They received a two million dollar
Government Grant to study: "What washes up on the beaches in the Caribbean". (We all should be so lucky as to get one of those!)
According to the "How many people an average American meets in their lifetime?" goes: The report had so many variables it was hardly
worth the effort or the money. Most of us could have guessed as much. Oh the high side however, it reported that if you were in retail sells
or marketing or a celebrity, and held a party inviting everyone you had ever met personally, you could fill an 80,000 seat NFL stadium. On
the low side, they determined an individual would meet between 10,000 to 18,000 in their lifetime - while most of us will meet an average of 1
new person every other day between the ages of 5 and 78.
So, for sure, if we get off the couch, stop watching TV and cruise America's Great Loop, my experience tells me you will personally meet a
minimum average of 5 new people a day. That means as a Christian, you have the opportunity to influence about 1,750 people on an
average voyage around the Great Loop. And all you have to do is be yourself. Show everyone your Christian kindness. In other words, "let
your light so shine that others might see!"
So. . . What do you need to do in order to be a Missionary cruising America's Great Loop?
If you are a Christian, it should be a very natural part of your daily living. Simply be you!
Personally, I'm no Hare Krishna, Jehovah Witness, nor a Bible toting Hoover Vacuum salesman. No, I don't go knocking on doors, I don't
go preaching on the street corners, or at the end of the dock at the Marinas. I'm pretty much just a happy laid back sort of guy whose best
friend and boating companion happens to be Jesus. I never interfere or interrupt anyone. I just make it a point never to miss the opportunity
to be nice and friendly or helpful. I don't cuss or swear and I don't fuss, fight or argue. My goal is to always leave behind a good impression
and Christian example.
I start each voyage with 2 cases of 48 Bibles each (cost is about $2.00 a Bible), and with 4 cases of Military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat),
which I pick up 'free' from my good friends at the Veterans' Administration. When I'm cruising; from the Marina Fuel & Deck attendants to
boaters I meet along the way, I will simply mention I have an extra case of brand new bibles; "Would anyone like to have one? They are free!"
That's it, that's what I do. It doesn't ruffle anyone's feathers. In fact it has resulted in many friendships as well as meeting an awful lot of
wonderful Christian boaters. I've made many new friends and hopefully influenced a few others.
For the occasional homeless and more needy I encounter - I always offer a couple MREs, bottled water and a Bible. If I am out and about,
and approached for money, I NEVER give money! I will gladly buy someone a coffee or a meal, but I never give money! I've had too much
experience with those in Drug & Alcohol Recovery to give money. Most will save the money till they get enough to buy alcohol or drugs
rather than eat.
From the highest to the lowest income earners at the Marina, the restaurant, the store, and everywhere I go; when I leave, I try to make sure
I leave behind a good impression. It really is that simple. I always leave a 20% tip even for terrible service and normally a 40% tip for really
great service - but that's my blessing, it doesn't have to be yours. Most Wait Staff are either students or single Moms and deserve both
kindness and generosity. God loves those whose work is to serve others and so do I. Where would we be without them?
| Capt John 2:12 - When you chose simple things
and simple treasures,
life and living gives the greatest of pleasures.
| Before starting this voyage, make sure you visit your Doctor, Dentist, and
anyone else concerned with or furnishing you with Health Care. If you are taking any
medications, you will want to let your Doctor know of your plans.
My Doctors office calls me and I simply tell them where I will be, and they make sure
my prescriptions are ready at the nearest Walgreens, CVS, or whoever. The only
thing that requires a little planning is making sure I have a 3 month supply before I
enter Canada so I don't have to buy them there.
In addition, make sure you see the Dentist. This would simply be a terrible time to
have a tooth ache.
Check with God for a through 'check up from the neck up'. Make sure you leave
nothing on shore "mentally, physically, or emotionally" that will interfere with your