Beware the Path of Least Resistance
Have you ever been told to just go with the flow? Don’t make waves. Don’t rock the boat. After all, isn’t that what a good Christian does?
Glad you asked! Let’s look at Jesus’ life to see. Did He go with the flow? NO! Did He make waves? YES! Did He rock the boat? ABSOLUTELY! Don’t get me wrong, there’s a difference between being a trouble maker and being bold. So how does this relate to adventure programs? Again, glad you asked. There’s a concept known as the “Pareto Principle” or better known as the 80/20 rule. It’s applied in many fields but the bottom line is that 80% of results come from 20% of work. Or with people, 80% of results of all kinds come from 20% of the population. Who are the 20%? Simply put, they’re the ones who do what the 80% won’t do. They get up when the 80% are still sleeping. The continue working when the 20% say “it’s not my job”. They do what others won’t do to have what others don’t have. I’m not talking about material possessions here even though it does apply. I’m talking about the intangibles that the 80% will never experience. Not because they aren’t capable but because they just aren’t willing.
Adventure programs are a great metaphor for life. We ask you to do things that are out of your comfort zone or in some cases absolutely terrify you. We don’t do it because it’s fun for us (well maybe a little). We do it because when you stretch yourself you are never the same and you then become part of the 20% that gets things done. What would your life be like if you could face a task that struck fear in your heart and say to that task “I may be afraid but I can do this”. On the ropes course we put you in situations that confuse you, frustrate you and even scare you. We do it because those are things that actually happen in everyday life. I believe it was William Wallace who said “Everyone dies, Very few people really live”. God wants us to really live, not just safely exist. What a terrible thing it would be to come to the end of our lives and look back with regret for all the things we never tried. Come out and stretch yourself with us and whatever you do, beware the path of least resistance.