What we can learn from Titanic

The famed RMS Titanic sank a hundred years ago. In the heart of the Atlantic, it now rests but leaves us lessons we can learn.

1. What vows really mean. The elderly couple seen hugging on the bed while water floods their room are the owners of Macy’s department store in New York; Ida and Isidor Strauss, both of whom died on the Titanic . The 67-year-old Bavarian-born businessman who owned R.H. Macy & Co.’s glassware and china department, which it supplied from cut-glass factories it owned in Germany, Switzerland, and France.

According to the records of survivors’ stories, “On the night of the disaster, as the call to board the lifeboards went out, Isidor escorted Ida to Lifeboat 8 and prepared to say goodbye to her. Ida, however, refused to enter the small boat, saying, ‘We have lived together for many years. Where you go, I go.’ Let us ask ourselves this question: How far will you go for someone you vowed to love?

2. Where pride leads. A hundred years ago, RMS Titanic was dubbed ‘The Unsinkable Ship.’ Some have even said that it is ‘the ship that even God can’t sink.’ I watched documentaries regarding the Titanic and one of them reported that Titanic was already warned not to sail on the fateful day of April 10, 1912. “There will be ice-packs,” one warned Titanic. But they still sailed. And on her maiden voyage, the Unsinkable Ship sank in the heart of the Atlantic.

The Bible specifically warned us about pride: ‘Pride goes before destruction; and haughtiness before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). We may think of Titanic and say, “They should have listened.” Or something like: “That’s what you get when you don’t listen.” Actually that is what character Lewis Bodine, in the movie Titanic, said about how Captain Smith acted. The question now is: Do you listen?

3. How valuable our choices are. Stories of survivors say that some lifeboats that can contain 60 to 75 people only took 12 people, simply because the first twelve were from first class. The cost of their little choice was the lives of the few more men, women and children who died of hypothermia. In our lives now, what we should do whenever we make a decision is ask God for wisdom because believe it or not your little choice is a part of a series of other choices, affecting your loved ones and others. James Cameron even commented on these in Titanic: The Final Word.

4. Who we are. Titanic is the most famous shipwreck of all time because somehow people are intrigued by it, relate to it and drawn to it. Two thousand souls in the mercy of the hurried system of the sinking ship. If you were in RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, what deck will you be in? Will you be the privileged who’ll get saved first or the poor who’ll suffer the most? Titanic reminds us who we are, little feeble humans and how much we need God.


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