I am not good with heights and was ready to do something I have never tried. On this crisp Saturday morning though, I had a few thoughts going through my mind. They were not too positive. Here a few: “Is this harness around my crotch too tight or not tight enough?” “What am I doing up here?” “I know this is on the bucket list but wow dude, are you having a mid-life crisis?” “Umm, am I too heavy for this?” “Umm.. how am I going to stop?” “When I do, will my forth vertebrae be crushed into my spleen?” “What am I doing, is my helmet going fall off?” “why… ahhh….” -Josh I am scared. Jolted and torn away from by crazy thought pattern, I looked over to my right. My partner-in-crime, Keeley Jo, is 11 years old. What a warrior. I looked her straight in the eye and all I could muster up was: “I’m scared too but this is going to cool. We will be alright! We are doing this together!” Inside, I’m not sure my words gave her any encouragement. They didn’t help me any.
A bead of sweat dripped down my side. Man, if this rope snaps.. What am I doing up here? You just watched a six-year old do this! Too late now! Gulp ALL CLEAR! Alright! 3! 2! 1! ZIPLINE!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!
Hi my name is Josh. I am a Christ follower and I have ziplined. No, please, oh you’re so kind. Please… Hold your applause. In all seriousness, it was a great experience. My family was so blessed by this weekend retreat with Destiny Church. I hope we can do it again next year and I can’t wait for my boy to be old enough to zipline! I am glad I took the plunge. Or took a step of faith to do something I have always wanted to try. This week our SEND students are moving into town to start our discipleship training process. This is a big commitment and I can hear the anxiety and a little nervousness in our student’s voices. It is like that first day of school. You have to just do it. That is what an adventure or an experience is all about. You can think about it and plan for it but the fun is taking that first step and enjoying the journey. I cannot wait for us to get started!
When looking back over my life, especially the last 10 years, I feel very blessed. I have been able to do so many incredible, life changing things with Jesus. I often think that if I was not a Christian how boring my life might be. Because of my decision to walk and follow Christ I have been able to do things in my life I never would have dreamed. My wife and I were able to experience real revival in Sheffield, England. I think of the hundreds of wonderful relationships I have now in my life with my brothers and sisters in Christ because of serving in ministry. I think of hiking in the mountains of Guatemala and sharing the Gospel like in the book of Acts. I think of life changing worship encounters at Mosiac church in Los Angeles or the historic Santa Barbara Mission or a Cowboy Church in Dallas, TX. I often think about last spring in Belize. At the end of our trip we went snorkeling. During a two hour, hair raising swim in the Caribbean Sea with barracudas, sharks, moray eels, and stingrays. No cage. Ever have a shark swim through your legs? Ever touch a stingray? They are slimy.
In short, I am not sharing these experiences to brag or boast but to encourage. Take the first step. It is truly incredible what will happen with your life when you follow Christ. Enjoy the ride. Run the race. Live the adventure. Let us live a life like the apostle Paul: 2 Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Take the first step. Run the race.
Just Do It.
Josh Humberger – Joshua@churchdoctor.org
Leader, SEND North America