Paddles and Pedals…


A lot of our summer outdoor activity has to do with paddles and pedals.  I think we would agree with Stuart Osthoff  for our biking and canoeing inspiration.   He writes the reason why he canoes in the north woods waters:  “Canoe tripping to me is largely about what I call the priceless intangibles: beauty, solitude, freedom, timelessness, challenge, a sense of accomplishment, feeling truly alive, raw excitement, camaraderie and connecting with nature on a deeply personal level.”  (“Boundary Waters Journal” 2010 Summer)

You cannot buy these things.  They come with the territory of committing time and activity to the outdoor spaces.  We somehow breathe better when we activate ourselves and commune with God through thanks and praise, i.e. worship, when we are in His amazing creation.  Ron and I love what we receive from God’s Great Outdoors when we  walk or hike, bike and/or canoe.

We cannot help but acknowledge that there are priceless intangibles about living a faith life as well.  “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…”  (Galatians 5:22) You cannot buy these things.  They come with committing yourself to being in God’s Great life of love and faith.

Maybe you don’t get into paddling and pedaling, but you can have priceless intangibles by committing to being deeply into God.


Phyllis Dickinson

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