My recent trip to the San Juan Islands north of Seattle causes me to consider how to resist the rising tide of excuses in my life. How do we apply the adage “just do it” to our journey as a follower of Jesus? Outdoor recreation helps us break the habit of making excuses.
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.
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!
I love coaching visionary leaders in ministry, and if I may be so bold, I actually think that pausing regularly to enjoy God and all that he has made around us is one of the things that promotes longevity in ministry.
This inaugural edition of the Ashley Denton’s Adventure Pastor’s Blog Series is an excerpt from his book Christian Outdoor Leadership: Theology, Theory and Practice: . “When I was twelve years old, the pastor of my church, Doug Self, invited my dad, me and another friend, Mike, to go on a backpacking trip to the base […]