January 11; Setting the Company Course of Direction
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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11 January

“…Truly I tell you,

if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,

you can say to this mountain,

‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move.

Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

Setting the Company Course of Direction

A Little Faith

In May of 1941 in the early days of World War II, British Sub-Lieutenant John W. C. Moffatt took off in his aircraft loaded with a torpedo. The young pilot soon found his target and released the explosive ‘fish’ at a German warship.

The Bismarck was the largest warship afloat and had absorbed a great deal of punishment. Moffatt’s ordnance struck home, but did not sink the battleship. He hit the ship’s stern.

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My father served on USS Missouri, a WWII era warship weighing 45,000 tons, and at almost 900 feet, it was the length of three football fields. Huge. Heavy. Fast. It was an important, leading war machine called a capital ship. Maneuvering this monster was like trying to turn, well, a battleship.

The ship was steered by twin rudders that controlled the direction. A rudder is usually less than 2% of the length of the ship it steers or about 1/60 of hull area.

The tiny rudder controls a huge vessel. Here’s where controlling a large organization meets naval architecture with Biblical proportions.

The control surfaces of the mountainous ‘Mighty Mo’ are small. Almost as tiny as the proverbial Mustard Seed. But the course corrections made by its movement are decisive.

Matthew 17:20 tells us that even minute change can make a large difference. The Christ says, “…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

With a little faith, a little direction can make a big difference in the focus of a life. Or a business. A tiny faith can be the portal to the infinite resources of The Creator.

And a simple guiding vision can open the infinite human resources of your company. One person with a given direction can control the small, manageable rudder of the whole organization.

And the contrast is also true. If the small rudder does not guide properly, faith will be exhausted and the ship can be lost. Controlling the rudder is a matter of life and death for a ship, or for an organization.

You, the leader of your business, steering with your vision, can be a captain of industry.

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Moffatt’s torpedo jammed the rudder and doomed the Nazi warship in a slow, lazy turn. The ship was out of control and an easy target. In the ensuing battle, the Germans were eventually forced to scuttle the enormous ship; the commander is said to have gone down at attention on the stern. The Allies would go on to victory.

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