Does life seem more like a ship than a train? Even if we have a planned course, it is impossible to be locked in on a track like trains. Instead we are susceptible to rough and stormy seas. What small habits control your ship? Just like the tiny helm of a huge ship, sometimes the little things are the big things.⁠ ⁠

I thought of the above scripture this morning when we read James 1:6. It says that those who waver in the faith are like waves that are driven by the wind and tossed. A few chapters later, in James 3:4, he goes on to say, “Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.”⁠ ⁠

Don’t Ignore the Tiny But Mighty Habits

Sometimes those tiny but mighty habits could be easily overlooked. (Or they get put on the back-burner because we may think, “the kids never listen at scripture study anyway.”) Take a moment to think of one of those small things that you are doing great. Think of another that could use some improvements. Come up with a plan to be better at both.

(Spoiler alert the “plan” could be as simple as saying a prayer to know how to improve. And, if you’re like me, and you want to increase the sincerity of your prayers – POOF – step one is done.)