Thursday, 18 August 2011

Life is a mission

Sir Ernest Shackleton was a British explorer. On one expedition his ship, The Endurance, got caught in pack ice and  sank. He had to leave 22 men behind and go off for help with five companions.  Together they made a 1,200-mile journey in a 22-foot whaleboat through the stormiest ocean in the world to South Georgia, an island off the coast of Argentina. After four attempts, the 22 men who’d been left behind were rescued more than ten months later. Shackleton’s whole life was a life of exploration, pioneering, adventure, and challenge. Before taking one of his trips to the Antarctic, he assembled his crew by putting the following ad in a London newspaper: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger,safe return doubtful." It was signed: Sir Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer. Amazingly, this ad drew thousands of applicants, all eager to sacrifice everything for the prospect of a meaningful adventure.

James Houston in his book: Joyful Exiles. Life in Christ on the Dangerous Edge of Things wrote: “How strange is it that human curiosity impels us to explore distant lands, to climb mountains, even to probe the depth of the  oceans, which are all external things. Yet how little concern for the inner life before God.” Why do we Christians often lack motivation when we have a commander we really can count on? Christ, our King, gave His life for us and always has our best interests at heart. 

Let’s be adventurous explorers and pioneers not so as to conquer creation, but to represent the creator through our attitudes and actions. Let’s show our beliefs through our behaviour. Let’s be bold and adventurous and do something new this week.

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