Posted: March 28, 2012 in Church

Ok this was the reading from our staff devotions this morning. Thought it was worth sharing.


“Blessed is the man who perseveres” James 1:12 NIV

On June 1st 1965, a 13ft boat slipped quietly out of Falmouth, Massachusetts. Its destination? Falmouth, England. It would be the smallest craft to have ever made the voyage. Its name? Tinkerbelle. Its pilot? Robert Manry, a copy editor for the “Cleveland Plain Dealer” newspaper, who felt that ten years at a desk was enough boredom for anyone.

Manry was afraid, not of the ocean, but of the the people who would try to talk him out of the trip. So he only shared it with some relatives and his wife, Virginia, his greatest source of support.

The trip? He spent harrowing nights of sleeplessness trying to cross shipping lanes without getting run over. Weeks at sea caused his food to become tasteless. Loneliness led to hallucinations. His rudder broke 3 times. Storms swept him overboard. Had it not been for the rope tied around his waist he would never have been able to pull himself back on board. Finally after 78 days alone at sea he sailed into Falmouth, England. During those nights at the Tiler he had fantasized about what he would do once he arrived. He expected to simply check into a hotel, eat dinner alone and then next morning see if perhaps the associated press might be interested in his story. What a surprise! Word had spread far and wide. To his amazement, 300 vessels with horns blasting escorted Tinkerbelle into port. AND 47,000 people stood screaming and cheering him to shore.

One the great themes of scripture is perseverance. No matter how great your calling, your talent, your cause or your goal, without perseverance you won’t make it. Hence James writes, Blessed is the man who perseveres!


  1. Love this – encourages us to keep going when you feel like quitting!! :))

  2. Ian & Ruth says:

    Nice One ! puts us to shame we we complain about minor things on a daily basis, and shows that anything is possible with perseverance

  3. Baldyfrombangor says:

    Keep on going brother, gb.

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