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Got Gear? In Hiking and In Life We Need a “Gear Guide”

on March 19, 2014

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
                                                                                                 –2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

Hiking, camping and backpacking are popular activities where I live in Colorado. Of course, most outdoor enthusiasts know the importance of being prepared.

Why? Because the beauty of nature—so majestic on sunny days—can turn into a bully in an instant. The weather changes suddenly at higher altitudes; hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts need to be prepared.

Even day hikes in the Rocky Mountains require the minimum equipment of water, hiking boots and a hat.

While hikers need the correct gear for the trail, all of us need emotional “gear” as we stroll, meaner or run the road of life toward Home.

Of course, as we walk the path of life each day it would be nice to have a smooth way before us. Instead, we often trip over the rocks of pride or unforgiveness, or climb up the hills of difficult conversations. At times we feel ill-equipped to deal with tough situations and get along with others—even people we love.

If only there was a guidebook that would tell us what to bring and what to leave behind on the road of life?

I have found the Bible to be an excellent resource. God’s Word is our “Gear Guide to Good Relationships.” Just like a hiker or camper needs the right gear to survive, here are a few key things (and Bible verses) we need to become better equipped for daily living:

Water. Drink the essential Living Water. (John 4:13)
Food. Feed on the Bread of Life. (John 6:48)
Hiking boots and protective clothing. Wear the full armor. (Ephesians 6:14-17)
Compass and map (or GPS) for directions. Follow the One who said, “I am the way…” (John 14:6)
Companions. Have friends to help you up when you fall. (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10)
Destination. Know that there is a place prepared for you. (John 14:2, 3)
A good attitude. Prepare your mind for action. (1 Peter 1:13)

In addition, you will also need to be prepared for emergencies with a first aid kit for those who are hurting (e.g., a kind word, comfort and joy).

Lastly, both hikers and those who travel life’s highways need to persevere. In the hard times, the dark times, hold to the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. He will help you to press on.

Like a mountain trail, life has crazy switchbacks and unexpected winds, but if you are prepared – and take the right Guide – you will reach your final destination with joy and peace.

Lord, prepare me for this journey of life with the gear I need Help me walk strong—with courage, hope and confidence—because you are with me. You are my Guide on sunny days and in the storms. I choose to trust You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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One response to “Got Gear? In Hiking and In Life We Need a “Gear Guide”

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Great devotional, Jackie.

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