Category Archives: Adventure

Lie – when a lie isn’t really a .

It’s when A.J. Preller, San Diego Padres General Manager, engineers a trade that deals an injured player as a healthy one.  When news broke that Major League Baseball had suspended Preller without pay for 30 days—30 whole days!—the G.M and Padres management went into damage control.  While Preller was admittedly guilty of “inexcusable” falsehood, the Organzation said, he didn’t mean to “mislead” other clubs.

 Tell that to G.M.’s of other clubs!

 Preller’s response was equally unbelievable.  He said the experience had been “a learning process” for him.  Wait a minute.  If basic honesty requires a learning curve in a 30-something man, especially in a position of trust, he shouldn’t be in that position!  San Diego U-T, 9/16/16

 But go deeper into this wicked situation.  It’s more of the same, “I’m not to blame,” “You’re not to blame,” “No one’s to blame,” non-ethics saturating American culture.  The rule of thumb today in personal relationships, work-place responsibility and spiritual accountability is:  get away with as much as you can as long as you can.  If you’re accused, indicted or suspended for wrongdoing, plead that “you didn’t mean to harm anyone” and “it’s a learning experience” for you.

 Both statements are inexcusably self-serving justifications, however much its the mood of the moment.  But remember this:  when bad behavior isn’t really wrong, has no intention to harm others, or brings no accountablity to the wrong doer, we are baby steps from “every behavior is equally acceptable; and no one can criticize anyone!”  Since culture is already in that stage, the next step is Judgment.

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Adventure – the unquenched thirst for.

K-2 may be only the second-highest mountain on earth at 28,251 feet, but it’s certainly the deadliest.  Of every four people who reach its summit, one dies trying.  It killed 11 climbers in one day.  Extreme Survivors, 66 ff.

Given the danger trying to ascend its treacherous heights, why are climbers drawn so irresistibly to it?  Because of the DANGER posed in the effort.  The same principle applies in those daring to start a new business or those volunteering for hazardous occupations.  Danger attracts the adventurous as it intimidates the conservative person.

When Jesus told people to “Follow me,” he always made his hardest demand first:  Deny yourself so you can follow me.  That monster requirement has always silenced the interest of those wanting a religious thrill.  It has also stimulated the seeker of spiritual truth.  It flunks those not willing to learn Christ’s alphabet as the prelude to understanding his language, but those staying in his school soon learn the pleasure of his entire curriculum.  When we learn to value self-denial, Christ’s successes eclipse our failures, his righteousness our wrongs, his confidence our fears.

Our adventure in Christ can sometimes drop our head and slump our shoulders.  It exasperates and irritates.  It makes us wonder why God makes discipleship so difficult.  On every such occasion the Holy Spirit stands ready to lift our mind up, draw our shoulders back and send us forward!  He makes the very daunt of discipleship appeal to those seeking a spiritual dare to resist temptation till it’s a shadow and Jesus is altogether the Substance; to struggle Satan to the abyss and cast him off; to experience delay in success knowing the very difficulty will make its ultimate arrival that much more exalting and exciting.

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Adventure – belonging to worth all the effort

To most Klondikers—and all gold and silver seekers in the 19th century—the adventure itself repaid the unrecompensed search for wealth.  As one participant wrote, he wouldn’t have “missed it for anything.”  Time-Life, The Miners, 224

Being a Christian has the same appeal.  No matter who gets famous or remains anonymous.  That some have multiple talents and others few.  That some have constant demands on their time and others time on their hands.

Being part of Jesus Christ’s work, however small, is the essence of fruitful discipleship.  True, we want to bear a bumper harvest for him.  But, whatever crop we personally produce, the whole church as a great historic fellowship of believers, brings glory to Jesus.  Being part of that inimitable cause provides complete satisfaction.

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