Driving by the port, I took notice of the massive cargo ships lining the shore. If you’ve stopped to take note, there are some markings on the hull of the vessel. These are Plimsoll marks.
In the 1860s, ship merchants eager to extract the most profit from their cargo started to overload ships. This decision caused a lot of ship losses and life. Upon seeing this, British MP Samuel Plimsoll took up the cause to find a solution. The solution was the Plimsoll line or the Plimsoll mark.
The Plimsoll mark is a circle with a horizontal line through it to show the maximum draft of a ship. Over the years, the Plimsoll mark was revised and adapted to account for different water densities, temperatures, and other expected water conditions.
This story reminds me we should all have a “load line” for our life. We need to continually check how much we’re putting on ourselves as well as being put on us. If we don’t, we run the risk of running our life aground, causing much loss and damage.
Carlos F. Peña is first and foremost a faithful follower of Christ and a devoted husband and father. Professionally he is a CEO, CMO, certified executive, leadership and life coach, business consultant, author, and entrepreneur for various companies he owns and operates. Over the years, Carlos has served in multiple leadership roles in business and ministry. Carlos is President and CMO of Pumped®, Inc., a brand development and design firm, CEO of Led to Lead®, a leadership, career, and business coaching company, and the founder and creator of the FX3® program. In ministry, he currently serves as Director of Men's Small Groups at Christ Fellowship in Miami, FL, focusing on discipleship. Carlos considers it his life's mission to help men discover and challenge them to be the men God desires them to be.
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