Saturday, January 13, 2018
.......ONLY $21.5k LEFT TO GO!!
(100k Goal Deadline: Jan 31st)
2018 THEME: "PIVOTAL" / "PIVOT-ALL"
We continue to be blown away by our supporters!! Even over the holidays our ministry family continued to give. We are jaw dropped! Thank you so much generous friends!!!
With 18 full days remaining, our 100k fundraising goal is within reach!
We are only 1.5k away from 80k, then 10k away from 90k, then 10k from hitting our God-sized goal of 100k!! That's absolutely AMAZING!!
Our theme for 2018 is: "PIVOTAL" (or PIVOT-ALL). This is the year we begin to pivot to bigger and better things while maintaining all the God-awesome aspects of GTD that have been developed over the past 22 years. This is the year we begin to pivot our focus to deeper education, equipping, and training in areas of discipleship, leadership development, and character development. IN ADDITION, this is the year when we begin to pivot in prayer for a "Joshua" to start phasing in as my apprentice to one day lead the next generation of adventurers. I've still got A LOT left in the tank, but we will eventually need a younger person to effectively connect with the next few generations while I pivot to training, teaching, writing, speaking, and ministry planting. God's vision for us is BIG, and it requires us to be able to pivot at pivotal times. We are drafting a 3, 5, and 10 year plan to make a greater impact in the upcoming generations. Now is the time to begin to pivot our dreams & imagination to what could be possible 10 years from now if we are willing to pivot today.
Laurie and I look forward to sharing much more with you about this year's vision & theme as we return to our Facebook Live videos next week.
STAY TUNED & KEEP SEEKING HIM FIRST!!
(To invest and GTD and help propel us to our 100k goal by Jan 31st click on this link. God bless you!!)
Whether it's fear, discomfort, or an overly active imagination the sentiment is almost universal when it comes to our annual SWAMP THING Everglades Backpacking Trip: "I'll go on any other GTD event, but there ain't no way I'm EVER going on that swamp hike!" That's the 98%.
But there's another 2% out there who relish the challenge to go where others refuse to go and do what others refuse to do.
They're a rare breed made up of men, women, and even kids who are motivated by the challenge.
The very reasons that others state why they won't go are the very same reasons why the adventurer is compelled to go.
It's not because they're crazy or have some kind of superpower. They simply refuse to be mastered by intimidation.
They want to take on their fears, their discomforts, and their imaginations so that they can live boldly, fiercely, and fully. And they want a picture too ;)
So, to the 2% out there, come join us on one of the most unique weekend adventures to one of the rarest terrains in the world!
SWAMP THING 2018
Everglades Backpacking Trip
Jan 27-28, 2018 (Sat-Sun)
$59/person (practically free!)
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Nothing keeps us closer to our Best Friend, transforms our lives beyond measure, and ushers us into greater depths of freedom than consistent daily time with God. God can do more in our lives in 5 minutes than we could accomplish in a lifetime. It's that powerful!
Daily time with God doesn't just happen. It doesn't always come natural. Like so many healthy things in life we often don't feel like exerting the effort to follow through even though we know it's the best decision we could make. And add to that the fact that we have an advisory dedicated to intruding on our quality time with God. But none of those are legitimate reasons to skip out on time with God. They're excuses not reasons. That's why God invented self discipline. That's why He made self control part of the fruit of the Spirit. I know it doesn't sound "exciting", but it leads to exciting abundance. He gave us this mighty tool of self discipline so that we don't have to be a slave to our unreliable emotions and erratic wants. Self discipline moves us to where we need to go even when we don't feel like it, and it rescues us from wrong paths we find ourselves wanting to go down.
Healthy self discipline isn't overly rigid or scheduling every second of our day. It's simply a developable character quality that positions ourselves for great success. It's not grueling will power; it's the simple act of making good choices... It's not the engine; it's the steering wheel. Those disciplined choices steer your life to great great GREAT things.
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." - Psalm 34:8
STRiVE to THRiVE!
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
...HAPPY NEW YEAR & HAPPY BIRTHDAY GTD!!
January 1st not only represented a new year on the calendar, it also marked another wonderful milestone for us... 22 years of God-awesome outdoor outreach for Going The Distance Adventure Ministry!!
Over 10,000 lives impacted since 1996!
Thank you adventure participants! Thank you generous donors! Thank you selfless volunteers! Thank you awesome staffers (past & present)! Thank you amazing supporters! Thank You Jesus!!
Lord willing, we still have so much more ahead!!!
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:12-14
"Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, 'If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'” - James 4:13-15
GTD - CELEBRATING 22 YEARS OF MINISTRY!!
Monday, January 8, 2018
After 3 weeks of hibernating I'm back full force to the daily grind! The "ceasing from striving" sabbatical was nice, but oh how I missed my daily disciplines!! I'm fueled up and ready to go for 2018. So many battles to fight, obstacles to overcome, victories to take hold of... life is war, and I've got a spiritual enemy that roams around like a roaring lion looking for an opportunity to kill, steal, destroy, & devour the unprepared. But I've got a King who offers every spiritual resource for strategic victories. I like my odds ;)
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." - 1 Peter 5:8
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." - Ephesians 6:10-11
STRIVE to THRiVE!