Have you ever heard the phrase “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic?” This statement has become synonymous with a futile attempt at making a change.
According to Wiktionary, the phrase “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” means: “To do something pointless or insignificant that will soon be overtaken by other events, or to do something that contributes nothing to the solution of a current problem.”
With only about 2 1/2 hours between the Titanic hitting the iceberg and its sinking, the band may have continued to play, and the attendants may have tried to rearrange the deck chairs, but neither of those helped the passengers at all.
There may not have been time for actual shuffling or rearranging of the 614 deck chairs as the ship sank; however, if the band played on, the attendants may have continued to consider passenger comfort, even though this did not help the ship or its passengers survive thus explaining the use of the phrase today.
Similarly, sometimes we can look at our lives, our day, or our tasks, and we ignore what is most important while we spend too much time on futile activities: rearranging the metaphorical chairs in our lives.
That is why Jesus reminded his Disciples to “…seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).
So, whatever you do today make sure you are not just rearranging your personal deck chairs.
AND Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton Ph.D