I went backpacking last week up in Canada with my son Zeke. He learned a couple things:
1. When attending to the necessary call of nature it is best to be about your business quickly otherwise the mosquitos will, um, how do I say this, create some interesting itching for you.
2. He is capable of more than he thinks he is.
And so are you.
You are capable of more than you think you are.
We were walking, loaded down with all the gear we would need for four days of backcountry camping, covering rocky terrain, going up and down, wearing head nets to keep the mosquitos at bay, and sweating profusely when Zeke realized this trip with dad was more physically demanding than he had anticipated.
He shared his thoughts with me. This step of sharing a struggle was huge. He could have suffered in silence and been miserable, but he knows his dad is there to help carry his burdens. When dad is around Zeke knows he isn’t supposed to suffer in silence.
He knows he is to cast his cares upon his dad, because he knows his dad cares for him. (Sound familiar? Sound Biblical?)
As soon as he shared we stopped, sat down, and talked it through. I told him that we could stop right then and there, turn around, and call it a trip. I told him there was no pressure to finish the trail. We could call it a day and head home. I also told him that I was sure he could do this. I was confident in him, his level of fitness, and his ability to overcome tough obstacles. I told him that if he decided to keep going I would be right there with him and that when it was all said and done he would feel really good about having overcome. I told him to take a few minutes and think it over.
He didn’t need any time to process; he knew what he wanted to do.
He shouldered his pack and hit the trail.
We finished our three-night/four-day adventure. And Zeke felt/feels awesome about having accomplished something he at first thought he wouldn’t be able to do.
He learned that he is capable of more than he originally thought.
And so are you…
Rob Link Lead Pastor