First Blog

As I sit here attempting to write this very first blog for Mahanaim Adventures, I am not quite sure where I should begin.  So many things are running through my head, so many things that I want, or at least feel that I should say.  I seem at a loss for the right words for my first blog, for those of you who know me real well, I know that is hard to believe.  So stick with me as I jump feet first into this for the very first time.
Why the adventure business, why guide people on kayaking and backpacking adventures?  As I consider this question myself this morning, I began to realize that there is an element of Faith in any adventure, no matter what the adventure may be.  So what is Faith?  Faith “is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.  It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” This was taken from Hebrews 11:1,  “The Message”.  The NIV Bible says it this way, “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  In reality, Faith is what gives us the courage to step out of our comfort zone and out onto the water to experience life as God created it to be. 
As a Christ Follower, I can’t have a relationship with my creator much less ever hope to live in a way that will honor Him without Faith.  I can’t embrace the life I have been created to live without Faith.  It is simply impossible.  In some respect Faith is an adventure.  Webster defines adventure as “an uncertain undertaking, an unusual or exciting experience”.  Stop and think for a moment about Lewis and Clark, Ernest Shackleton, or some other explorer from history.  Consider King David, or Jesus’ earthly parents Mary and Joseph.  These are people in history who have had awesome adventures and it took great personal Faith to step out and follow that adventure. 
For me, this new adventure is not so much about creating a job for me to earn a living.  It is more about continuing to learn how to live the life that God has so generously given me.  Like most of you, I want safety and security; I want to know that all will be OK and that I can provide for my family’s needs.  Yet without stepping out of the boat and onto the water, life can become mundane and even boring, void of real life.  Faith is required for my adventures.  Faith in God.  So, join me and step out of our safe harbor and adventure out into a life of Faith and adventure.