Arrogance is Dangerous

Biblical Text: "He who ignores discipline despises himself, but whoever heeds correction gains understanding." Proverbs 15:32

Arrogance is Dangerous


An officer in the navy had dreamed from childhood of commanding a great battleship one day. He finally achieved his dream and was given commission of the newest and proudest ship in the fleet.

One stormy night, the captain was on duty on the bridge when he spotted a strange light rapidly closing with his own vessel. As his ship ploughed through the waves, the light rose and fell just above the horizon of the sea. He ordered his signalman to flash a message to the unidentified craft on his port side, "Alter your course ten degrees to the south."

Within seconds a reply came, "Alter your course ten degrees to the north." Determined that his ship would never take a backseat to any other, the captain snapped a second order, "Alter course ten degrees-I am the CAPTAIN!" The response was beamed back, "Alter your course ten degrees ? I am Seaman Third Class Smith." By this time the light was growing ever brighter and larger.

Infuriated, the captain grabbed the signal light and personally signalled, "Alter course. I am a battleship." The reply came just as quickly, "Alter your course. I am a lighthouse."

The best way to be successful is to follow the advice you give others.

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