126 days till the adventure starts

The days left until I leave for GlobeTrek

Words can’t express the excitement I am currently feeling about GlobeTrek. Almost giddy, which sort of feels like a mixture of carbonation and indigestion. I’m not quite sure what to do with it quite yet. As of now all I can do is pray, read, and mentally prepare myself for the adventure to come and the responsibilities that I will have. I just got home, and I’m already unpacked and ready to hit Kamloops!

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Is Saul in heaven?

Saul Attacking David – www.wga.hu/html/g/guercino/1/saul_dav.html

Through a conversation I was having with my Old Testament professor this last week I came up with an interesting question, “Is Saul in heaven?” I had never thought of that before. I had always seen him as a man who had rejected God and relied on himself, and for that God had rejected him. Is that the case though?

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Adoption is for the Church

One thing that has been on my heart for a long time is adoption. It probably has been there since my family adopted two little girls. As the youngest one in my family I was worried that they would take away my standing as my mom’s ‘special angel baby boy’. Obviously I was wrong about a few things, for example, my sisters could never be the “boy” out of “special angel baby boy”. This is probably came about because of a fear of not being loved the same.

My sisters one Christmas.
My sisters one Christmas. One loves music the other art.

I can tell you that was not the case, I have been loved a tremendous amount. That I am thankful for, but what if they didn’t?

Well that isn’t really the question most people ask. The question that people all is, “Could I love the adopted child as much as my own?” I’m going to counter this question with one of my own, why do you think that you couldn’t? Especially for the Christian folk out there loving another human being is just what we are called to do everyday. Its a conscious decision that we all must make in order to follow God. Of course this is difficult, but what else can we do? We could choose to not follow God but that shouldn’t be an option in our minds.

I was having a conversation with my friend Sarah the other day and she expressed how hard it is for her to look at someone the same once they say, “I don’t know if I could love them the same.” We should be that convicted for kids! We should be that troubled when others aren’t! The church needs to be convinced of this need and do something about it. I believe the church is the answer to children without parents and to children in the foster care programs around the world. God calls us to do something about orphans.

God calls me and you to do something about orphans.

Mount Boron Park

Mount Boron Park, Nice, France. Beautiful Waterfall in the trails surrounding the park.
Mount Boron Park, Nice, France. Beautiful Waterfall in the trails surrounding the park.

This waterfall is at Mount Boron Park in Nice, France. It is very nice walk around and some mild hiking. There is a path that goes up behind the waterfall. The rest of the park is home to a lot of nice views and sitting areas. Taking the stairs to get here is a real treat!

Brandenburger gate, Germany

Brandenburger Tor as it is known in Germany, site of the former city gate.
Brandenburger Tor as it is known in Germany, site of the former city gate.

Found in the west part of the city centre. It is the old city gate. Now it leads to the Berlin Victory Column.