Wednesday, April 14, 2010


Is this really a pearl worth selling everything for?

My subject today is ‘revelation’ which always means the revealing of something previously unknown. The Divine Revelation is the Apocalypse, the last book of the Bible about the End Times, which describes the destruction of the world and the supremacy of Christ over Satan, but here I’m referring to something far less dramatic, the revealing of self. We all reveal ourselves, by the words we use, the actions we take, the choices we make, our body language, and in all manner of ways. Writers of Blogs are into revealing their own characters, their passions, their loves and the things they hate. When you find a book with an interesting cover, you want to look inside to discover more. The first few pages will determine if your initial curiosity was justified and if your appetite was satisfied by the opening words, you’ll continue to delve further into a progressive revelation. That’s a bit like delving into Blogs. The followers of Blogs learn not only about subjects and topics, but about their writers.

I’ve been posting articles to my Blog for more than five years, and every one of them has revealed a little bit about me. Frightening, isn’t it? Give the information to a psychologist who has been trained to analyse the minds of people, their motivations, their wants, their needs, their desires, their understanding of reality, their beliefs, there delusions, their misconceptions, what motivates them and innumerable other aspects of the mind, the expert practitioner will come up with a profile which may determine a need for remedial action. Well, that could be the case for me!

One thing that will be evident is that I’m madly passionate about small sailing boats, so much so that there is hardly a day goes by that I do not think about them. I sometimes wish I could be as passionate about the things I ‘ought’. That is a shortfall of my character. I seem helpless to escape what appears to be an obsession, but how pleasant the knowledge is! Sin can feel a bit like that, but the reality of sin is deliberate disobedience to God, and who has not sinned? Sin for those who commit it, can be decidedly sweet, but there is a price to pay! The Bible, God’s word, tells us that all have fallen short of Godliness, for we have all sinned. The wages of sin is death - not just physical death, but spiritual death, a separation from God. Ought I to not be more passionate about God than small sailing boats?

Sin - Romans 3:23 Heavenly Pearl - Matthew 13:45,46


Hajo said...

I was hoping for an article on 'resolution' which is a fascinating boat.
To quench your obsession you might want to check out the May / June Small Craft Advisor with a new design by J Welsford: S.C.A.M.P. (Basically a water ballasted 'Sherpa' for single handed camp cruising.
Side note: I have a degree in psychology. I recommend you live your life well and worry about God after you're dead. Don't see how any child could make their parents happier than simply being happy.


Bursledon Blogger said...

Bill, the collection of knowledge in no less worthy than the collection of material items.

I've spent years enjoying learning everything I can about boats and I still have only scratched the surface - its a great obsession


William Serjeant said...


To which 'Resolution' do you refer? I know of Captain James Cook's 'Resolution':

Thanks for the info. about S.C.A.M.P.

I try to live my life well, and I do not worry. (Phillipians 4:6,7)

William Serjeant said...


I try not to collect things, but they accumulate and take up valuable space; therefore I ditch items I do not use.

Knowledge is a fine 'thing',but wisdom is better. (1 Kings 4:29)