After accomplishing “The Dangler”, Joe and I tackled “Bonnie’s Roof”. I really enjoy climbing at the Gunks. These are some of the best climbs on the east coast. However, I look forward to adventure out west someday. Perhaps with my kids. Enjoy the video!
The day after doing what you are about to watch, I journal-ed these words to my loving Father (God).
“Thank you for letting me experience your glory rock climbing at the Gunks in New York. Thank you for letting me glory in your glory. I enjoy you. I enjoy your glory. – I Love You, Ron”
Climbing this route was amazing! Worshipping God on the side of the cliff after accomplishing this route was even better! I love playing in God’s play ground. I enjoy the adventures He has created for me. I love basking in His glory!
“I’m Free”, released by The Rolling Stones in 1965, communicated the message, “I’m free to do what I want any old time.” Today’s culture believes similarly that freedom comes when we choose to do whatever we want.
This is moronic thinking at it’s best!
Doing whatever we want never leads to freedom. It leads to anarchy – the polar opposite of freedom. Though it seems counter-intuitive, freedom comes through obedience.
We are designed to live within a God given moral code. When we obey the moral code, we are free. When we break the code, we experience relational, emotional, physical, or spiritual imprisonment.
When man and woman enter marriage, they agree to remain faithful to each other emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and physically. If either of them “chooses to do what they want” by becoming sexually involved with another person, then they have broken a God given moral code. This decision leads to emotional pain and relational distrust. There is freedom in the choice; there is imprisonment in the consequence.
When freedom of choice is leveraged to obey God’s moral code, freedom is experienced in life.
In His perfect obedience, Jesus lived free, and made it possible for us to live free.
“I’m free when I do what God wants.”
I have been back on the bike path this week and this is what I noticed.
Every day I passed runners and joggers of all ages and conditioning
levels. They all ran alone. No “groupies” on the path. No one ran with
even one friend. They appeared to be focused on the goal. Runners I know
run for a purpose, to win the race. Whether the race is life and health,
endurance, or the next competition, the goal is clear in their mind. So
clear that they usually train alone and when it hurts. Runners know
there is a price to be paid. There will likely be injury. When that
occurs the runner listens to his body, allows it to heal some, and then
pushes it to perform again. He gets into condition and gains even more
strength. Running takes determination, knowing who you are, what you are
about and why you run. You are there to compete in the race, so you run,
knowing there will be a prize waiting for you.
This entry was written by Karen Klabunde.
Isn’t this true of our daily lives and spiritual journeys?