Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th) commemorates the day of a legendary leader and missionary to Ireland named Patricius. He poured out his heart for the Irish people from 438AD onward until the day he died. And Celtic Spirituality (which is highly Creation-oriented) today owes its origins to the Biblical teaching and spirituality of Patrick and the first Irish Christian converts.
The writers of the Psalms learned so much of their wisdom from going outside and looking at the cycles of nature. Psalm 103:15-17 is about how to not spread yourself thin so you will pass on a legacy.
I am convinced that if I can just simply believe that I don’t have to prove myself to God, that he just loves me, that I too can be sent off on my way, as an ambassador to bring salvation to the world through the proclamation of the Gospel.
A wilderness experiences sometimes feels like a trip to the dentist. No one likes going to the dentist for fear of having to get a filling, or even worse a root canal! But at the end of the day, if your tooth is wrecked, it would be better, sooner rather than later, to dig out the decay and move on to greener pastures.
Here is an entry from Lewis and Clark’s Journal. It is a reminder of how wilderness is a soul-mirror: it reflects the truth about our selves and shows us what legacy we are really leaving… not the one we hope for or imagine, but the real truth about how we are spending our lives…
Outdoor leadership has some unique variables that highlight how imperative it is to have a mentor.
Wilderness ministry can be a very effective tool to reveal that to be “weird” in the world’s eyes is actually “normal” in God’s eyes. How ironic.
How do you know if you are “spiritually alive” or “spiritually dead?” How can we enjoy the abundant life the way God intended us to experience?
I bought this book the day it was released, and could not put it down until I was done! To say I agree would be an understatement. I am currently finishing my bachelor’s in Adventure Therapy, with a minor in Religion-came back to school at 40 and majored in Theology…