Pacific Vancouver: Who is Your Captain?

Angelo Casiano, Vancouver 1 Chapter Head, speaks about allowing Jesus to be the captains of our boats in the sea of life at Saint Mary’s Parish in Vancouver, B.C. on April 12, 2014. (Photo: John Ray Catingub)

…because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:14-16)

It was great to see all my brothers and sisters again at Central Cluster’s recent Chapter Assembly (CA) hosted by Vancouver 1. We had fun playing games and catching up with each other before the talk which was wonderful.

Angelo Casiano gave the talk about metaphorically sailing across the seas. First, he got us to draw a boat describing who we are. For example: a big boat for a big personality, small boat for a quieter personality, or you could even add oars if you are hard working. He explained that we are like boats; when water gets inside, it sinks. Just like boats, if we let sin and worldly things consume us, our life will also sink.

I learned that if I want to stay afloat I need to let Jesus lead my way and make Him the captain of my life.

Angelo shared the following guidelines in order to fully let Jesus take the lead.  We need to:

  1. Believe,
  2. Profess allegiance,
  3. Extol through action and prayer,
  4. Love unconditionally,
  5. Follow Jesus’ example,
  6. Die to oneself, and
  7. Be willing to go the extra mile.

He ended by emphasizing that we must always take actions and not be passive as if time carries us instead. Laziness and pride can hinder us from staying focused on Him.

It was a great assembly and I came to realize the weaknesses which hinder me in focusing on Christ. The guidelines were very informative and I will try to apply it in my life. I understand that my journey will not be smooth. I will encounter rough and high seas, but with Jesus as my Captain I believe that I am ready to set sail.

A ship is safe in harbour, but that is not what it is built for.” (Unknown)

We are like boats, we are made to go out and evangelize and be living examples of Christ. We must fully trust Jesus, allow Him to take control of our boats and lead us to whatever voyage He has planned for us.

Alyana Angeles, CFC-Youth Pacific Region