The word “adventure” can be defined as “a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.” Well, today my wife left for an adventure. Over the next 5 days, she will be in AZ doing a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon with 4 other ladies from our church. I have to admit, I’m pretty jealous, but could not be more excited for her and for my two young daughters … not because they’re going. But, rather because they get to see their mom go.
When my wife (their mom) steps out on an adventure like this, it shows our girls that women are strong. It shows our girls that adventure is not just for men. It shows our girls that they can do hard things because they were meant to do hard things. It shows our girls that their mom is brave and full of life. It shows our girls that goals can be set and goals can be met and that they can take complete ownership of those things.
Carol has trained for this. She has walked up and down stairs with a backpack full of gallons of water. She has prepared her body, her soul, and her mind. My girls have watched all of this happen. They have seen that we’re not entitled to anything and there are some things that we really have to work hard to achieve … and that is a good thing.
Carol will be sleeping outside … on the ground … in a sleeping bag … under the stars. Seriously, how tough is that! I love that my girls were asking her questions about that and wondering if she will get cold and wondering if the ground will be hard and wondering if she’ll be getting dirty and asking if her body will be soar. The answer to all of those questions is “yes” … and yet they are seeing their mom’s willingness to step toward hard things and experience the adventure of a lifetime. I’m so proud of my wife and so excited for my 8 and 6 year-old girls and I cannot wait to see a desire for adventure continue to take shape in their lives.
Besides talking to my girls about how much Jesus loves them and how much we love them, I regularly say to them that “Yauger girls are pretty, smart, and strong.” My prayer is that every day they will become more and more grounded in the gospel and that the truth of God’s love for them will inspire them to live new and brave adventures every day.