Saturday, April 17, 2010


A few years ago when I was taking doctoral courses, we had a major assignment to come up with a metaphor that would symbolize or respresent our approach to leadership and the educational process we would use as Christian leaders.

It was an easy assignment for me. I had long ago adapted the "path" metaphor of Proverbs for my personal walk, growth, and leadership approach as a Christan leader.

For assignment, a made it a bit more sophisticated (that's what doctoral work is: Take the simple and make it complicated) and designed my presentation around a "compass" and an orienteering theme - lame, but it worked for.

Anyhow, so when I saw this article by Pastor Justin Buzzard I was immediately hooked. He captures well what I wanted to communicate. And, he does an excellent job of showing how the metaphor of a exploring (a compass, travel, journey, path, orienteering, etc.) is in so many ways appropriate for the Christan leader.

Here is what he writes . . .

Posted on the The Gospel Coalition Website, 4/7/2010

I recently stumbled upon a quote while reading Outside magazine. This quote comes from 58 year-old Reid Stowe, a sailor en route to setting the record for the longest sea voyage without resupply in history.

I’ve learned a lot about myself…I’ve learned that we as humans must explore. We must see and discover new things or we degenerate. My hope is that this voyage will inspire people to overcome their fears and follow their dreams–to explore.
I think this has something to do with being created in the image and likeness of God on a planet that God deemed “very good.”

God gave us Bibles and Beauty, neighbors and neighborhoods, Yosemite and the Yellow Pages, the gospel and grapefruit, as territory to explore.

And God gave us eyeballs, fingertips, nostrils, holes in our ears, bumps on our tongues, synapses in our brain, and curiosity in our hearts as tools to explore with.

We as humans must explore. We must see and discover new things or we degenerate. God made us this way. I don’t have a verse to give you on this, but 66 books of the Bible give adequate testimony.


This is why it’s a great idea to marry someone committed to growing in Christ–that person will be forever interesting because he or she will always be changing.

And this is why heaven will be bliss — we will never run out of new discoveries to make about God and his glorious purposes.

Christians ought to be the world’s greatest Explorers.

In my opinion, the moment you quit being an Explorer–the second you identify yourself first as a “pastor,” “businessman,” “house-wife,” or “hairdresser,” you degenerate. When your earthly occupation trumps God’s deeper design in you to explore and discover, your earthly occupation will lose its fire and direction, and you’ll degenerate.

We ought to be explorers (Christians) first, and electricians or executives second.

Are you stuck in a rut? It may be that you’ve forgotten God built you to explore. Repent. Then do something new. Maybe you need to go for a walk, look at the moon, and remember that you’re alive and so is God.

Historians say the age of exploration is over. I say, for the Christian, the age of exploration never ended and never will.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor 10:31

P.S. Justin's blog is always interesting, check it out here >>

3 John 8
Bill Higley

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