This illustrations is well known but here it is for the record:
In U.S. Navel Institute Proceedings, the magazine of the Naval Institute, Frank Koch
illustrates the importance of obeying the Laws of the Lighthouse. Two battleships assigned
to the training squadron had been at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. I
was serving on the lead battleship and was on watch on the bridge as night fell. The
visibility was poor with patchy fog, so the captain remained on the bridge keeping an eye
on all activities.
Shortly after dark, the lookout on the wing reported, "Light, bearing on the
"Is it steady or moving astern?" the captain called out.
The lookout replied, "Steady, Captain," which meant we were on a dangerous
collision course with that ship.
The captain then called to the signalman, "Signal that ship: 'We are on a collision
course, advise you change course twenty degrees.'"
Back came the signal, "Advisable for you to change course twenty degrees."
The captain said, "Send: "I'm a captain, change course twenty degrees.'"
"I'm a seaman second-class," came the reply. "You had better change course
By that time the captain was furious. He spat out, "Send: 'I'm a battleship. Change
course twenty degrees.'"
Back came the flashing light, "I'm a lighthouse."
We changed course.
Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm, Word Publishing, 1991,
When Christian Herter was governor of Massachusetts, he was running hard for a second
term in office. One day, after a busy morning chasing votes (and no lunch) he arrived at a
church barbecue. It was late afternoon and Herter was famished. As Herter moved down the
serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his
plate and turned to the next person in line.
"Excuse me," Governor Herter said, "do you mind if I have another piece
"Sorry," the woman told him. "I'm supposed to give one piece of chicken to
"But I'm starved," the governor said.
"Sorry," the woman said again. "Only one to a customer."
Governor Herter was a modest and unassuming man, but he decided that this time he would
throw a little weight around.
"Do you know who I am?" he said. "I am the governor of this state."
"Do you know who I am?" the woman said. "I'm the lady in charge of the
chicken. Move along, mister."
Bits & Pieces, May 28, 1992, pp. 5-6.
For centuries people believed that Aristotle was right when he said that the heavier an
object, the faster it would fall to earth. Aristotle was regarded as the greatest thinker
of all time, and surely he would not be wrong. Anyone, of course, could have taken two
objects, one heavy and one light, and dropped them from a great height to see whether or
not the heavier object landed first. But no one did until nearly 2,000 years after
Aristotle's death. In 1589 Galileo summoned learned professors to the base of the Leaning
Tower of Pisa. Then he went to the top and pushed off a ten- pound and a one-pound weight.
Both landed at the same instant. The power of belief was so strong, however, that the
professors denied their eyesight. They continued to say Aristotle was right.
Bits & Pieces, January 9, 1992, pp. 22-23.
Amy Carter brought an assignment home one Friday night while her father was still
President. Stumped by a question on the Industrial Revolution, Amy sought help from her
mother. Rosalynn was also fogged by the question and, in turn, asked an aide to seek
clarification from the Labor Department. A "rush" was placed on the request
since the assignment was due Monday. Thinking the question was a serious request from the
Prez himself, a Labor Department official immediately cranked up the government computer
and kept a full team of technicians and programmers working overtime all weekend...at a
reported cost of several hundred thousand dollars. The massive computer printout was
finally delivered by truck to the White House on Sunday afternoon and Amy showed up in
class with the official answer the following day. But her history teacher was not
impressed. When Amy's paper was returned, it was marked with a big red "C."
Campus Life, May,
1981 p. 59.
STATISTICS AND STUFF
Government: Rom 13, 1 Pt 2:17
Employer: Eph 6, 1 Pt 2:18
Husband: 1 Pt 3:1, Col 3:18, Eph 5:22
Parent: Eph 6
Elders: Heb 13:17