We seem to have found a new thing we love to do.
We went hiking.
I’m not the most “outdoorsy” guy. I like being outside, but I’ve never been one to spend a great deal of time beyond the paved road. But I learned something important. There are just some incredible sights you cannot see from the paved road.
Here’s an example. The picture here was taken from the gravel parking area where the hiking trail began.
It’s pretty and green, but there’s nothing spectacular… just the promise of finding something amazing along the trail.
We chose to follow the trail. It led to a long, vigorous climb full of mud-holes, slippery rocks, narrow paths, steep stretches, many switchbacks, a few tricky crawls… and so much wonder.
One trail led us about 3 miles up and down and around and along to this amazing waterfall. Continue reading Not From the Paved Road
“The essential thing ‘in heaven and earth’ is that there should be a long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always resulted in the long run, something which has made life worth living.” (Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil)
Smarter men than I have wrangled long with this idea, but the words strike a chord of soundness despite their strange source.
A long obedience in the same direction…
When we consider these words through the lens of a follower of Jesus, it seems like the underscore of Jesus’ call to “deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Luke 9.23) He doesn’t just call us to embrace the hope of the gospel and in earnest obedience plunge into the waters of baptism only to come up and go on about life with a great cosmic advisor on speed dial when the sticky spots come along.
No, that thing to which we are called is a long obedience in the same direction—His direction. It is to follow Him every step of the way, to take the next step in obedience and the next and the next and the next and the next.
Continue reading The Starting Place of A Long Obedience