Thursday, August 11, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Want to thank all of you friends for making this another epic, unforgettable trip! I love our friendships dearly. They are telling a story...a story that no doubt our kids will never forget and will be able to pass...You guys are a very special group and I would only trade Sean and Brad. We have been doing these kinds of trips, and smaller one like Reimerstock for some time now...I am proud that we are a bunch of dirty, free range, loving people with all kinds of weird things about us...we're not normal, and we do things backwards from most (Most evident in Sean). Looking forward to more ugly and wonderful days ahead with you all!
Who: Trubys, Reyes-Ortiz, Hardins, Moore's, Hendrix's, and Pasquels
Where: Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Zion, Bryce, Fisher Towers, Carbondale area Colorado!
"His belief is that all creation is an interconnected web of life, and his conviction that immersion in the natural world will heal the weary, stressed, overworked urban dweller." John Muir
to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." Eph 4-24 We are created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness! And we are made righteous and holy through the cross...Is there a better version than this???
Proverbs 4:25. It says, "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you." It starts by recognizing what has always been in front of you...and setting aside the periphery. Sure, when I look into the void of the Grand Canyon or look up at the Zion Temples...it's easier to come to a place of worship. There is nothing else that matters in that moment but appreciation of what I see. I am thankful, amazed, and moved. The emotions that stir inside always brings me closer and my gaze stays fixed on what matters most. This gaze straight before leads me towards whatever is honorable, whatever is just, and pure, and commendable (Phil 4:8). By living accordingly to these callings, I ultimately find what matters most: loving God and loving others (Mark 12:30-31). It's no mistake Jesus says "there are no greater commandments than these." Which leads me to this conclusion:
We are the best version of ourselves, when we love God and we love others. This is life. Its that simple (not easy, but simple). These No Permit Needed trips are reminders of how we are called to live: Loving/In worship of God, with one another, in community...keeping our gaze ahead. We begin to understand that we are connected to Him...and connected to each other...connected in Creation. Pretty cool...