USS New York


The USS New York is not a fishing or transport vessel, it is a full-fledged battleship. While the USS New York does all the normal things one would expect from a battleship, it is unique from all others. The steel in this ship was repurposed from the destroyed World Trade Centers towers. The one billion dollar US Navy assault vessel includes 7.5 tons of recycled steel from the September 11, 2001 attack. One woman who lost her fireman brother in the attack made the comment, “It’s a transformation…from something really twisted and ugly” (NY Post).

It feels good to watch something destroyed take new meaning. It feels fulfilling to take the carnage of a tragedy and give it a renewed purpose. And this is exactly why it feels so wonderful to be a Christian. We all let sin into our lives at one point and it resulted in spiritual destruction (Romans 3:23; 6:23) Because of these sins, all that was left when we finally came to the Lord was our own carnage. We found ourselves in such a horrific spiritual state that we desperately needed hope and change. Thankfully, God provided the solution through His Son (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38, Romans 6; 1 Peter 3:21). Once we’ve obeyed His commands, He was able to take us, twisted and ugly as we were, and shape us into something wonderful for His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

It’s so awesome to watch people become Christians and watch as their lives are fixed and transformed into something great for the Lord. Let’s keep in mind what a huge blessing it is to be a Christian and continue to allow the Lord to mold us (Romans 12:2; Isaiah 64:8).

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