Be Bolder

According to Rock and Ice magazine, Bishop’s known as the epicenter for bouldering. Bouldering is that insane sport of rock- climbing without ropes, harnesses, or your mom yelling, “Get down from there before you hurt yourself!”

Those crazy kids say it emerged from mountain climbing in the late 90’s, but I say it was around way before that.

Records of the earliest “dirtbags” (as the boulderers lovingly call themselves), date to a thousand years before Christ.

In 1st Samuel 14:6, the young adventurer Jonathan, said to his young armor-bearer,

“Come on-climb right behind me,

…so they climbed up [the cliff face] using both hands and feet…”

The purpose of their bouldering was greater than the bouldering itself; it was to whip the Philistine thugs, rescuing God’s people from bullying.

The sports of bouldering, running, and the majority of Olympic skills have utilitarian origins; they were a means by which something greater than the sport itself could be accomplished.

But over time, the first goals are often forgotten. I’m reminded of a team of men dedicated to water search and rescue, but over time morphed from rescuing people from drowning, to what is now known as a rich man’s recreation: The Yacht Club.

Relating this to life in general, I’m wondering what “greater thing” I am missing.

Today is Sunday, so I’m thinking about the “sport” of church attendance. Do I attend church because it’s the right thing to do (I “have to” because I’m a Christian)? Is my goal to have my needs met, to be around like-minded people, to be a better person or to promote Christianity—as opposed to promoting Christ? Or to receive instruction? Not all these motives are bad, as recreational sports go, but it can’t end there. As 1st Timothy 1:5 says,

“…The GOAL of our instruction is love.”

Jesus died to save us from being recreational Christians. Our purpose, for anything we do in the name of Christ, is to learn how to love better, so we will know how to love our spouses, our children, our in-laws and out-laws, and be His hands and feet to a world struggling with the boulders of life. He calls us, as Jonathan did, “Come on— climb right behind me…using your hands and feet.”

Can you think of someone struggling with a heavy load? Pray for them, and consider what you can do to help—using your hands and feet.

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