[T]he water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. (John 4:14)
As we move into this last quest of the year, there is a buoyancy in the heroes. Rather than limping toward the end of the school year, they seem to have an effervescence. Perhaps it’s our weeklong Memorial Day break that’s refreshed them. Perhaps our Outdoor Survival Quest has captured their imagination.
Perhaps our Balanced Year Schedule offers a sustainable pace. Maybe they’ve come to own their education and they are set on finishing well.
Kevin Cusack, NOLS graduate and adventure trip leader, gave a hero talk on Wilderness survival and working with rope (pictured above). His stories stuck with us all as he talked about the wisdom of identifying our assumptions and learning to adapt when things go wrong in the wilderness or in everyday life. He deftly reinforced Journey’s belief that guides are there to offer you wisdom, to face up to challenges and to describe the map in front of you.
Even with our focus on finishing well, we find the fun welling up in our studios. Thanks to Jonathan’s diligence, conscientious effort and service, he earned himself a costume ticket, good for one day in costume. He brought me joy this morning as he bounded out of his dad’s truck outfitted in a self-inflating tomato-red jumpsuit and gave me the morning’s foot tap sporting his grin of mischief.
Just before break last week, our Entrepreneurship Quest culminated in an opportunity for heroes to show what they know at the Grand Rapids Children’s Business Fair. Joining with young entrepreneurs from across the state of Michigan, offerings included garden fertilizer, snow cones and exotic ice cream. One of my favorite stories of the fair came with Noah, in the blue shirt below. Noah explored two different business proposals before settling on his third iteration. When his dad asked him what he was passionate about, Noah did not hesitate. “I love coding.” With that identification, Noah went on to design and create his own Spaceship Laser game. Charging fair-goers per play, Noah found his niche. Fathers like Nate, in the green shirt below, vied for High Score. Nate enjoyed the experience so much that he introduced his young son Brooks to Spaceship Laser. But the best part of Noah’s experience was when he got meet another Journey father, Cameron, who told Noah that he codes for a living. And so the idea for a hero’s journey wells up. May many be blessed.
The Grand Rapids Children’s Business Fair and our Journey Academy heroes had this opportunity to begin journeys because of sponsors. We’ve been blessed by them and we pray for God’s blessing to well up and pour out on them as well. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every sponsor.
May we all experience that spring of water on this day.