Outdoor Gear Can be a Metaphor to Teaches Us to Not Cling to our Comfort Zone: Life is dynamic–it has seasons, and change is unavoidable. In the wilderness you have to know when to use certain gear, and when to move on and reach for another piece of gear that fits the changing terrain or climate.
As backcountry enthusiasts, guides, and spiritual leaders not only are we called to hone our awareness of outdoor dangers, but we are also in a position to help people learn lessons about spiritual realities from the wilderness terrain.
If I only share the victories I do not make an impression of authenticity nor do I set-up a realistic picture of the path that will unfold for others as they follow Christ.
What I am about to share is a true story. It is the story of a servant in the shadows whose act of service mysteriously created a culture of Christ.
Successful leaders know that creativity and peace are poisoned by the pursuit of perfection. Seeking to be the “best” at something is like walking out onto a deceiving cornice that won’t hold you. Walk out on that thing just a little further—keep trying to be “better than everyone else”, and you are going down.
Later that evening, after dinner, I gathered the guys around the campfire on the canyon rim. I played some worship music on my CD player and instructed the guys to get comfortable and contemplate God’s presence as we gazed on the canyon in the setting sun. There’s no way to adequately describe that view at that time of day, brilliant, eye-popping, just awe inspiring!
Donned with oodles of L.E.D. lighting in his snowsuit, Hughes glides through the night with jaw-dropping elegance.
Talk about a crucial lesson in outdoor leadership skills. Our casual approach and over-confidence for a benign sounding excursion combined to get us into real trouble. Lesson learned. Pride swallowed.
David was a shepherd boy who spent scads of time in the wilderness. The Psalms are a collection of jazzy beats that he wrote down in his own ancient style. And many of his songs explore this theme: God exists, and the design and glory of creation points directly to his character.
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