Where will your journey through life take you?
I had a grand plan of what I wanted to do… We did something much better. I was confident I’d given God permission to be first in my life. Once he shook me free of my selfish thinking I was free to discover the real journey.
Last week I was on a jet ski speeding across the water. For me, this is freedom. Yet the faster I went the more I started to consider how there is a force greater than gravity holding me down. Can you and I break free from it?
So which side are you on? Should we protect nature from all human impact or use it wisely OR is there a better way? Take a moment to consider what God wants you to do when it comes to nature and the outdoors you love. If you hold the earth in your hands can you save it?
The year was 1976. I was 12. For me, forging hiking trails was completely “in the zone”. Until you leave the familiar and secure you can’t find that never before seen spectacular view AND you’ll never find the new trail that leads to a better life.
My wife and I just returned from a two-day Disney World adventure in Florida with our children, their spouses and our grandchildren. If you think a magical vacation like this isn’t challenging you need to know this is the Mt. Everest of amusement parks. It takes some serious planning, finances, coordination, technology, and contingencies along with patience, focus, grace and a mission.
The outdoors is a school like no other and we need to get out into it. Designed by God it is untamable and magnificent in size and diversity. So too are the creatures we find there both wild and human. We’ve all been cooped up way too long in our familiar environments, our routines, our thinking, our religion, our attitudes and yes I’ll say it – our sin.
Sometimes we go for it and not too much later start to wonder if we exercised good judgment. We climb to a point where we’re not sure what to grab next and going back really isn’t an option. How good are you at making the next move?
As is often the case when you get one thing then all of a sudden you think you need something else. In my case I had the paddle but I couldn’t use it because I didn’t have the board. What was I to do?
In the spring I attend a guy’s retreat where we spend time being both alone and in a group. Some wonder if we should enjoy the outdoors solitary or social? Do both – then do church that way!
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