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“We’re All In the Same Boat, and We’re All Seasick Together”

September 11, 2013

“I know I’m not you. I know I’m different from you, with struggles and fears and forms of selfishness that are unique to me. But beneath all that’s different, we’re all pretty much alike. As the pithy and influential Christian apologist of the early twentieth century G.K. Chesterton put it, we’re all in the same boat, and we’re all seasick together. We throw up different stuff because we’ve eaten different junk, but the stuff in us is bad junk. And we’re all throwing up in the way we relate.”

Dr. Larry Crabb, Real Church, Page 72

Question for Reflection:
What could we all see in ourselves if we looked deeply and honestly enough?
What might we see that would transform grace into a surprise that would amaze us all? (Taken from page 72)

  1. Susan permalink

    Wow – great questions. Deep inside of me is someone who wants to please so much that I compromise in places where I should not. I also see the yuck that “shaped” me as a child growing up in San Diego with parents who were children raising children. It is difficult to face the yuck but the best thing I have found it continually giving it over to the Lord, asking Him to renew my mind and leading me to healthier, Jesus based living – which is sure not easy – recognizing my yuck, admitting it, then getting past the shame and giving it over to the Lord again and again and again.

  2. Caroline permalink

    Did Chesterton really say that?

    • Yes, in his book, “What’s Wrong with the World.”

      Here’s condensed version of what he said on pages 89-92 (under the subhead of Comradeship):

      All true comradeship has in it three elements. First, it has a sort of broad philosophy emphasising that we are all under the same cosmic conditions. We are all in the same boat. Secondly, it recognises this bond as the essential one; for comradeship is simply humanity seen in that one aspect in which men are really equal. The old writers were entirely wise when they talked of the equality of men; but they were also very wise in not mentioning women. Women are always authoritarian; they are always above or below; that is why marriage is a sort of poetical see-saw. There are only three things in the world that women do not understand; and they are Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity. But men (a class little understood in the modern world) find these things the breath of their nostrils; and our most learned ladies will not even begin to understand them until they make allowance for this kind of cool camaraderie. Lastly, it insists upon the body and its indispensable satisfaction. No one has even begun to understand comradeship who does not accept with it a certain hearty eagerness in eating, drinking, or smoking, an uproarious materialism which to many women appears only hoggish. You may call the thing an orgy or a sacrament; it is certainly an essential. It is at root a resistance to the superciliousness of the individual. Indeed, its very swaggering and howling are humble. In the heart of its rowdiness there is a sort of mad modesty; a desire to melt the separate soul into the mass of unpretentious masculinity. It is a clamorous confession of the weakness of all flesh. No man must be superior to the things that are common to men. This sort of equality must be bodily and gross and comic. Not only are we all in the same boat, but we are all seasick.

  3. lisa permalink

    hi.. r u a roman catholic ministry? m very interested in your approach.

    • NewWay Ministries is non-denominational, but a Biblically-based ministry. Read NewWay’s statement of faith here.

      • lisa permalink

        so indirecty.. u r saying u r nt.. thanks.. its ok.. wil find my answers sumwer else..

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