I heard about a guy who acquired a boat that was shiny and new. When he first got this boat he was so excited about it. Everywhere he went, he told his friends about his new boat. He would invite other people who didn’t have their own boat, to come and enjoy his with him. He loved taking it out in the lake, but every time, he had to clean it. It was expensive to refill the gas tank.  One time he hit something in the water and had to have it repaired.  He made some friends who also had boats. They decided they should start getting together every weekend to enjoy boating together.  The problems and cost of boating became burdensome, so they started storing their boats in a big warehouse where the weather could not cause them problems.  The warehouse was a great place for them to hold their weekly meetings. They would get together and talk about their boats, talk about boating, tell stories about long ago when they used to take their boats out on the lake, and they would read passages from an ancient book on boating.  They even had songs about boating that they enjoyed singing. They found some guys who still take their boats out on the lake and they hired them to come to their weekly meeting to tell them about boating; its trials and triumphs.  Sometimes they bring in speakers who use their boats in different bodies of water all over the world.  They rarely miss getting together on the weekends, they know alot about boating, their boats sure do look nice, but they have forgotten the joy of being on the water.

A boat can’t do what its supposed to do in a warehouse. It’s no good full of water either. If you take a  boat in the water, it will get scratched up and possibly damaged. But the purpose of a boat is to be in the water and when it is in the water, it makes waves.




Adapted from Mike Huckabee from the AISI conference who told a very similar story.


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