A Life of Greater Adventure: Chapter 1, Discovering that you’re on an adventure

20 01 2018
Map

Credit: Kyle Zentmeyer

Interestingly enough, the hardest part of this writing adventure is going to be the starting;  Which Ironically, is what I’m planning on talking about right now.  It’s pretty easy to catch yourself in a rut.  Some days you just have to take one day at a time.  Finding your way into an adventure can seem like a bit of a trick.

Before we begin, I feel like now would be a good moment to mention a couple of things first.  I’m not a professional, and I’m just making up these ideas as they come to me.  Second, I am a Christian, and I believe certain things about our origins, our future and a certain set of moral standards.  That being said, this isn’t a sermon, and while I will draw some aspects from the Bible, these ideas herein are, as mentioned before, are just a series of ideas that I’ve had.  So here we go.

So… There you are, sitting reading (I’m sure you’re reading. you might be standing or laying down…).  So… There you are, in some position, reading (or listening via text to speech… whatever).  And I bet you’re thinking to yourself: I’m in a rut and would like to go on an adventure.  Well guess what? You’re already on your way.  There’s just a few things you have to check on first before you step across that threshold.  Do you have your grappling hook?  That’s okay, it’s optional.

Most importantly, you need to know where this adventure will ultimately lead to.  A map is going to come in handy, metaphorically speaking (and possibly literally).  Each point on the map represents a potential goal.  This can be anything from getting into better shape, to curing cancer, to being a better person.  Whether or not you think you can reach whatever goal you set, you should still set it; otherwise, you’ll get a whole lot of nowhere fast.  Have an idea in mind? No? Well… Keep reading; something might come to you.

Another important part is knowing how to get from here to there.  So where is here?  In the world of adventures you should consider yourself a level one character.  That is to say: you have no gear, no plan, a miniscule number of skills and in most cases are fairly squishy, so try not to get yourself killed just yet.  We have to prep accordingly.

Once we know where we’re going we need to know how we’re going to get there.  We need to plan for potential dangers as well as everyday necessities. We need to look at our map and think about everything we’ll need to pack.

Lastly, in games, movies and books our heros and adventures are governed by a set of rules. It’s just how life works.  Even if you choose to disagree, I find that the Bible is a core foundational set of rules that works very well.  And beside the fact that I hold everything in it to be true, I will be using as my rulebook to this adventure guide.

Next time, we’ll dig into more specifics on setting your goals.  I’ll be using my goals as the example: To be Christ’s warrior, a hero to those in need, and to be the king of my kingdom

Are you ready to start a grand adventure? I hope so, because you’re already on the path of one.  Adventures are rarely glamorous.  Much like our everyday lives, we’re given problems and choices.  What makes it a memorable adventure instead of a mundane daily task is your attitude towards it.

We have an opportunity here that I don’t want to miss out on.  There is an ever-present chance to engage ourselves in an active roll in our own lives.  It would be a shame if we laid down our gear and said “we’re close enough”.

This week’s challenge: every two (three) weeks I’ll issue a new challenge.  I simple idea that I myself will be shooting for. I encourage you to join in! This time, I challenge you, if you don’t already, to go out and get a rulebook (Bible) to follow along (Bible gateway has a free app… It’s painless to use and it’s informative at the very least… Do it… Try it… Go on an adventure).  If you need more direction, start with the book if Romans (it’s towards the back).

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The internet paradox

12 06 2013

Over the last couple of days I’ve been actively engaged in battle against the firewall.  It’s amazing how much longer it takes to fix something when you can’t Google the problem because the problem is that you can’t Google things.  Meanwhile, during that time, I’d stopped answering the phone, because I got tired of explaining to people what they thought they needed to know but couldn’t understand.  Which got me thinking:  It’s amazing how we, as humans, desire to know things we don’t understand.

Of course, as my Christian readers should already understand, this has been a fundamental issue from the beginning.  As our societies and cultures strive harder and harder to know things, I believe that we start to understand less and less.  Our approach is flawed with the idea the knowledge leads to understanding.  When, in fact, They have little to do with each-other.  But I could be wrong… I don’t know.  So lets take a look at some definitions:

knowl·edge
a (1) : the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (2) :acquaintance with or understanding of a science, art, or technique
b (1) : the fact or condition of being aware of something (2) :the range of one’s information or understanding

un·der·stand·ing
noun \ˌən-dər-ˈstan-diŋ\
1. a mental grasp : comprehension
2 a. the power of comprehending; especially : the capacity to apprehend general relations of particulars  b. the power to make experience intelligible by applying concepts and categories

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com

Ok, so they’re very similar, so lets see if I can find a better way to describe this. So basically, I’m defining my terminology in this post differently from Websters:

Your friend has an apple.  You see the apple, they tell you all about the apple.  They show you the apple, show pictures of other apples, explain the texture of the apple.  But until you have the apple in your hand and have tasted it yourself, you can only know about the apple.  Scientists (ok… this is only allegorical) fully devote their lives to the study of the apple,  where it comes from, what it’s made out of, they can do studies on other people who have apples vs. those who have not.  But even they can not truly understand the apple until they have had one for themselves.

I’m not fully sure how I wan’t to apply this thought yet.  It could really go in all sorts of directions.  I could even continue my apple illustration to bring up other points, but I think I’ll leave other parts of that to apply elsewhere. I’ll let your mind wander in whichever direction you want to take it;  Because the longer I think my thoughts, the more confusing they get.  Especially while thinking about thinking.  Maybe I’ll write a Part II later.

 

Kyle





Double-shot Latte’s

8 05 2012

As I sat down at my desk this morning, with a double-shot latte in my hand, I felt like the week would never end.  And during some moment, between now and  9-o-clock this morning I realized a few different things.  First: that it was only Tuesday.  But Second: No matter how much we seem to be in control of things, we really never are.

From the technical, side of things:  Camp’s server died last Thursday.  This server, for all you technical people out there, runs par of our DNS, DHCP, Printer server, Active Directory, and File storage.  For you non-technical people: No internet, no files, sketchy login to their office computer, and did I mention no file access.  Most of the hardware appears to be fine, and since we’re running a virtual server, all I had to do (ha ha ha ha ha!)… was mirror the server from a backup, and then restore all the current files from our online safe.  This, or course, has turned out to be a nightmare.  And of course, as I sit here and write this, I’m on “bar watch” duty. “41%! it’s on a roll!”  Never mind the fact that it’s probably going to screw up again, or transfer files in the places I specifically told in not to… again, or the backup manager is going to crash…again.

You know those times when you’ve been thinking so hard about something that it enters your, albeit, short dreams? I’m convinced that my dreams are run by servers now.  This server thing, has gotten a hold of me, and quite frankly, it feels a little like it’s dragging me under.  I feel like I have no control of my own job right now.  It’s all I can do to try and keep everyone else in good spirits.  It’s times like this, where my work becomes “a job”, working 9 to… whenever I quit for the day.

“…still 41%”.  So this morning when I woke up.  I looked up into the mirror when I was brushing my teeth, just to see how tired I actually looked.  I actually looked better than I felt, so that was a good thing.  And then I cam to my conclusion:

Things happen.  This has been said by many people, but I found a new meaning in it this morning.  When things happen, we really do have a choice on how to use/view them.  On Friday, I emailed out a list to my co-workers and bosses, saying what they could and couldn’t do with the server being down.  One of those things on my list was “enjoy your weekend”.  Being just a couple of weeks from summer and people not having their files I’m sure is super frustrating.  But it’s really out of their hands.  And sometimes I feel when people ask me a question about the server, I wan’t to ask them if they’ve taken this time of helplessness and refocused why they’re here for God.  Because we can either be bogged down with work and what we can’t do to get things done in two weeks, or we can trust that God is still God, whether or not He allows us to have what we want in order to get work done.  In reality, it’s His camp and His work and our lives are even His.  Not “for” His purpose, but truly and completely His!

Although I’m trying my best to convince people here to “relax” and/or get other work done, people do need (want) their files back.  So even though we all must rest in God’s timing, I’m working very hard and tediously at trying to get things to work on the server.  As I sit here writing this, watching the bar move (42%), while sipping on my double-shot latte; I ask that you be praying for me, that God grant’s me the peace and rest that I so desperately crave right now.

We are helpless.  We can do nothing without God, because in the end our bodies will all perish, and everything we thought we did will mean nothing.  We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength, because in the end when our souls are lifted up to be with our savior, God can say to us “well done, good and faithful servant.”!

Yours truly,

Kyle

Philippians4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.