A GENTLE TUG

November 12, 2010Read: Proverbs 16

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." --Proverbs 16:3

Well, here we are. Friday. For some, it's the end of a glorious week. Each route you ran was a touchdown and each plan proved you're a genius. But for others, today marks the end of a not-so-glorious streak of five lost days tied together with a thick band of disappointment. You didn't begin the week feeling this way. You had different plans...much different.

For thousands of Carnival Cruise Splendor passengers, the week was anything but splendid. Drifting powerless, they too had different plans. Their hopes of food, fun and relaxation, were replaced with hunger, boredom and stress. Adding insult to injury, their ship had to be pulled to safety by tug boats at a blazing 4 mph. Misery took its time.

Friends, God knows our weeks. He knows our weak weeks. Your plans fail, my plans fail, and we drift. We're a group of wide-eyed strangers who boarded the big boat of life on Monday only wanting to jump ship by Wednesday. And even though we're saved, seeing land on Friday took way too long. But we can take today's sunrise as a reminder that the tug -- His gentle tug -- is enough. It really is enough.

--J.P.

WEEK AT A GLANCE Whether your week was adrift or at full throttle, here's a look back at a week of healthy living tips

>> WORKOUT: Blast your legs in 15 minutes or less!

>> NEWS: Guess who is coming after your kids with bad intentions?

>> RECIPE: An easy shake to energize your day or refuel after workouts.

>> TRIBUTE TO OUR VETS: A humble salute to those who have served.

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