In less than a week I will be setting foot on the sands of Gelée Beach in Haiti (just outside Les Cayes) along with a team from Radiant Church. Although I have worked to be prepared, I truly do not know what to expect. This is my first time outside of the United States for mission work and my first time to a third world country. I find myself to be a mixture of excited, grateful, expectant for amazing things, anxious, and uncertain.
Once upon a time there was this magical place in history. People called it “the Eighties.” What made it magical you ask? Colors were bright, hair was big, and games were 8-bit.
At the time, I didn’t know that I was living in what would become the golden age of videogames. I don’t think any of us knew, it just sort of happened around us. Here’s a trip back to that plaid couch in my basement; stomping on Goomba’s, drawing out maps, and eating pizza rolls all while listening to the wonderful bleeps and bloops of chiptune music.
It was a simpler time.
I know I risk sounding like the old codger here who “gamed uphill both ways barefoot in 5 feet of snow,” but I still think simple, linear games on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) were superior. You had a clear purpose (that generally involved running from left to right), and limited attempts to accomplish that purpose. The message that the games were sending was clear. Either adapt and improve, or die trying. No fluff, just your skill, two buttons, and a D-pad. Which brings me to my next point…
When I first put down Eastbound Sailing, I found myself reflecting on pivotal moments in my own life. During the emotional journey that unfolds, readers will undoubtedly identify with Aiden’s search for wholeness, making Eastbound Sailing timeless and relatable.
This first novel by Todd Foley is a redemptive tale of sorrow, remorse, discovery, and joy viewed through its characters different philosophical constructs. At the same time it is a coming of age story for a late-bloomer who is slowly learning to let go of his egocentricity and control, finding out how to simply “be.”
This was written by my wife, Casey. It’s about a life changing experience she had while on a mission trip to El Salvador. I’m encouraging her to share her writing more, as she is a wonderful storyteller. I hope this inspires you as it has me. – Cole
When I was seventeen I went to El Salvador with my church youth group. I really didn’t go for any of the right reasons at all. I didn’t go down there because I had this huge urge to help people; I thought that would be an added bonus. The main reason I went down there was for me. I thought it would be nice to have a vacation…to go to another country…to hang out with a couple of my friends who were going down there with me, etc.
Wrecked is one of those books that can change you, if you let it. I’d go as far as say it’s a must read.
The message within it’s pages is quite literally the opposite of the way our culture lives. As the book starts making you uncomfortable, you begin to understand why – it is speaking directly to the heart of humanity:
I want to begin by saying that Wrecked is a gift. An invitation to a better, more purposeful life. As I was turning the pages I could envision my journey to where God has brought me, and was compelled to commit and endure more than ever.
For our generation and the one coming after us, I think Jeff has done a rare thing – put out the right book for the right time.
Be sure to change the settings to watch in HD.
This is what has been keeping me busy for the past 3 months. As soon as I found out we were having a child, I knew I wanted their room to inspire adventure, creativity, and exploration. Having a place to like that to grow up in would be amazing!
When I was a boy, the Legend of Zelda series embodied those values for me, and the beautiful cel-shaded art style from Wind Waker/Spirit Tracks seemed to be the perfect fit for a young hero’s room.
I’ve been reading a lot about courage lately and I’ve been surprised at how many throughout history have placed it as the foundational quality (see part one here) on which to build. People with courage live compelling stories that leave a legacy, which is what this site is all about – living your story and exploring your world.
As Christians we are called to be bold, to be courageous, to be “salt and light” in an apathetic world.
… sounds kind of crazy. But crazy good, right?
I challenge you to boldy go. Be adventurous. Be crazy (and get a toast from Steve Jobs).
What does courage mean to you? What can you do to be courageous today? Leave your thoughts below.