Don’t Burn Your Cargo


Philippians 2:3 – Don’t be selfish;  don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

In the deep south on the river from Memphis to New Orleans two cargo paddle ships left at the same time carrying cargo. As they traveled beside one an other, the crew began boasting about the speed of the ship each were traveling on. The boasting quickly turned into trash talk and the two boats were soon racing to see who could arrive at their destination first.

Each boat began adding more and more coal to the burner to increase speed. After a while one boat began to lag behind. It realized that it would run out of coal before it reached it’s destination.

The other ship on the other hand refused to let up. It would make the voyage in record time if it could just keep up the pace.

Soon however, the crew did run out of coal. Then they realized that the wooden cargo would burn just as well as the coal. So they began burning their cargo ( the entire purpose for making the trip ) They continued to throw cargo into the fiery pit until they arrived in New Orleans in record time.


As a leader are you burning your cargo to accomplish a goal? Are you sacrificing the your people? Are you burning the healthy and positive environment that produces long term results in order to reach a long term goal?

Are you as a family member walking over a loved one for something that is not really that important in the long run?

I suggest you get your priorities straight if that is the case.


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