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Part 3 of 4: Burn the Ships Getting in the Way

Updated: Jan 12, 2020



The theme for the week, “Burn the Ships.” Some of you may know the historic meaning of this quote. In 1519, Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico on the shores of the Yucatan. He believed that a complete, “all or nothing” commitment was needed to conquer the Aztecs. When him and his man landed in Mexico, he had his men burn all their own ships. This created a whole new level of commitment.


“Burn the Ships” is also the name of a Christian song by for King and Country. These are the words of the chorus:


"Burn the ships, cut the ties

Send a flare into the night

Say a prayer, turn the tide

Dry your tears and wave goodbye

Step into a new day

We can rise up from the dust and walk away

We can dance upon our heartache, yeah

So light a match, leave the past,

burn the ships

And don't you look back"


The theme for the week, “Burn the Ships.” Some of you may know the historic meaning of this quote. In 1519, Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez landed in Mexico on the shores of the Yucatan. He believed that a complete, “all or nothing” commitment was needed to conquer the Aztecs. When he and his man landed in Mexico, he had his men burn all their own ships. This created a whole new level of commitment.



Releasing those things that I was holding tight to that were preventing me from moving forward has lifted a heavy weight of my shoulders. I have felt refreshed and renewed since I returned. For me, it has reminded me how to be reflective and helped me to find time to be in devotion and prayer again.

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