We had the privilege and joy of getting to spend 13 weeks in the mountains this summer. 183 people went on 16 trips and we got to hear their stories at the end of the week. I personally got to listen to 42 men tell their life story. I learned a lot this summer. Here are my top three takeaways:
1) WHEN YOU CREATE SPACE, GOD WORKS
If you are a skeptic, join the crowd. I was one for years. I have been waiting for my 'dud' trip to happen where God didn't work. 11 years in and HE has worked on every trip. The clutter and noise of life back home distracts us and keeps us from seeing what God is up to. When you remove distractions, open up His Word, engage in meaningful conversation...He Will Work! In Mark 2, four guys pick up their friend and carry him across town. They dig a hole in the roof to lower their friend down to Jesus. They take a risk that Jesus will work. When was the last time you took that risk? If you risked the time to create a space for him, do you believe he would work?
2) OUR SOCIETY IS ADVENTURE DEPRIVED
We grew up riding bikes, jumping off bridges and playing in creeks. When we got cars we took spontaneous road trips pulled all nighters. Then we got married and had kids...now we are adventure avoiders for the sake of responsibility. Unlock the adventure and you unlock the child in every one of us. "I feel like a kid again" one 57 year old man said on the trail this summer. We were created for adventure. Delete this from your life and you loose a vital part to the equation for TRUE life.
God is inviting you into a great adventure, but it's an adventure. It involves risks and the great unknown. If you take it, you just might find what you've been looking for.
3) WOMEN LOVE BACKPACKING TRIPS
When WayForward started, we almost didn't offer women's trips. Now they are our fastest growing group and give the best feedback from their trips. Ladies rarely take the time to invest in themselves. Getting out for 5 days with no cooking, no laundry, no kids, no work, no cleaning and no distractions, they get to spend precious moments thinking about what God is calling them to in their lives. This is a game changer not just for them, but for their families. The next generation will be transformed by these women living out their calling in and out of the home.
The Lord continues to teach me things as I try to follow him in the great adventure.