Laws of the Lighthouse

BodieIslandLighthouseThe following comes from the Max Lucado book “In the Eye of the Storm.” It’s an older book by Max (1991), but one of my favorites. On Friday we push off for our annual pilgrimage to “Gods Country” (aka Outer Banks, North Carolina by way of “Mecca” – Chapel Hill). It seems that every year when we make that journey, major decisions are weighing on my mind. I find it no coincidence that the beach seems to be a place where I do my best thinking. The noise is gone. The distractions are few. The reminders of a far greater power are everywhere. The next few weeks will determine much. According to Max, these are “God-given, time-tested truths that define the way you should navigate your life.” The “Laws of the Lighthouse” have been my go-to for quite some time.

They have never failed.

  1. Love God more then you fear hell.
  2. Once a week, let a child take you on a walk.
  3. Make major decisions in a cemetery
  4. When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
  5. Succeed at home first.
  6. Don’t spend tomorrows money today.
  7. Pray twice as much as you fret.
  8. Listen twice as much as you speak.
  9. Only harbor a grudge when God does.
  10. Never outgrow your love of sunsets.
  11. Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
  12. God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same.
  13. When you can’t trace God’s hand, trust his heart.
  14. Toot your own horn and the notes will be flat.
  15. Don’t feel guilty for God’s goodness.
  16. The book of life is lived in chapters, so know your page number.
  17. Never let the important be the victim of the trivial.
  18. Live your liturgy.

 

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