Will It Make the Boat Go Faster?

Will It Make the Boat Go Faster?

Will It Make the Boat Go Faster

British athlete Ben Hunt-Davis won Gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as part of the Men’s Rowing Eight. He is also the co-author of a book titled, “Will It Make the Boat Go Faster?” The idea behind the work is to help individuals and businesses develop Olympian-style strategies to succeed at life.

Don’t roll your eyes just yet.

Of course, a natural question should arise, “What does succeeding in business have to do with the Christian life?”

Well, on the surface, not much. However, what we can learn from this mindset is applicable to how we live our lives as believers in Christ.

The main idea behind the question of, “Will it make the boat go faster,” is centered around doing only those things which help you accomplish your goals.

The British Men’s Rowing Eight used this principle to win in Sydney. Going to the movies — will it make the boat go faster? Buying that new car — will it make the boat go faster? Going out to eat — will it make the boat go faster? Staying up until 2 a.m. to watch a disappointing boxing match (I’m looking at you McGregor and Mayweather) — will it make the boat go faster?

If the answer to the question is no, then simply don’t do that thing.

So, let’s take a minute to think about sanctification. There are tons of various obstacles that can pop-up in our way. Many of those obstacles can even be considered good — if not wonderful — things. However, we need to begin asking ourselves, “Will doing (insert thing here) help sanctify me?”

Watching television isn’t a bad thing in and of itself. Reading a great novel may not be such a bad idea. Going out to eat instead of cooking at home can be a wonderfully joyous time. But, will any of these things make the boat go faster?

We often lament not having enough time to pray or read our Bibles. However, how much time are we spending sitting in front of the TV, mindlessly watching episode upon episode of MasterChef, This Is Us, or Gotham (these are shows I enjoy)? How much time are we spending sitting, looking at our phones while our kids play by themselves, or stare at screens of their own?

What amount of money are we spending on going out to eat each month, yet we trick ourselves into thinking we don’t have enough money to give generously to our church? How many people do we pass daily on the street asking for some spare money and just drive or walk on by? So what if they are going to use that money to go buy cigarettes and alcohol instead of a meal? What they do with the money at that point is up to them, and is not reflective upon you. The point isn’t to nitpick what someone is going to do with the money, just give what you have — and do it joyfully!

We don’t need to overthink or over-analyze every situation in life, however. In no way is this to say you can’t watch TV, read a good novel, go out to eat, or blow off some steam after a long work week. The point is to start reevaluating how we spend our time, energy, and money — and then redeem them.

It is all about prioritization.

God gave us everything we have. Each second we spend alive and every dollar we spend, it all belongs to Him.

Next time you go to do something, ask yourself, “Will it make the boat go faster?” If the answer is no, then do what you know needs done instead. Prioritize your life in a way that is most honoring and glorifying to God.

Until next Monday, au revior.

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