Hello all. I spent my entire life in the service of others, and have found that it is the only way for me to live. My background includes many overland trips, both in vehicle and on foot, through some very harsh and dangerous environments. It made sense for me to join this venture, so I am traveling to motivate my children to do whatever they dream of, to not let others discourage them from accomplishing their goals, and to teach them that life is about love, and helping those without hope. I am doing this to honor my brothers, whom through the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, can no longer attain their dreams, and for my wounded comrades, both physically and emotionally. I love you, brothers! May those of us with the ability to do, stand and act. May we not give up on our dreams. May we look around and extend a helping hand to the weak and the less fortunate. May we never forget the sacrifice others have made, allowing us to strive for and attain that “better life” we all seek for ourselves and our families. Remember the poor, the widows, and the orphans. Join with us on an adventure and a journey. Follow our trip, but more importantly, follow that urging within your heart that says to help others; it wants you to make a difference. Do it now by giving to one of the charities we are supporting. Thank you, and may God Bless all of you richly. –Chris
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What’s in a name? A huge circle I have turned. With my question also comes a comment; it is not the name but Christ whom defines. My name was placed in the heart of my parents before my birth. Christopher, bearer of Christ, Christ within, he whom carries Christ. I am in Christ and Christ is in me. Christ is my light and my shield. I am not the light, but Christ is the light within me. When I was young many who were troubled came to me and would tell me of their problems. I had no experience to draw from so I just listened. They would thank me for talking with them and say they always feel better after talking to me. It always confused me and I would say, “but I didn’t say anything,” and they would just say, “Well it was a good talk, I needed it”. As I grew older and more experienced I began to see that God had given me a good mind, and I began to think that it was because of this that people wanted my advice. So I began to draw from my experience and worldly knowledge to give counsel, and a strange thing occurred. They no longer received comfort from our conversations, and my advice seemed to have a less than positive effect. I felt confused and unhelpful and more importantly as if I had lost something. God revealed that it was not me that they sought, but Him, and when I was young I would listen and pray for them rather than intellectually analyze their problems and attempt to fix them. I failed as a friend for a few years. It wasn’t until recently that God revealed the truth of it to my heart. Christ is in God and God in Christ. Before the cross Christ prayed to the Father that He would unify the church into one body and that we would be in Him – in Christ. From that time forward Christ said we are in Him and He is in us. So, since we are in Him, present tense, and the present being before the Cross, then we were in Christ when He was crucified for us. Therefore we and our sinful nature were crucified with Him. Just before Jesus gave up His Spirit, He said, “It is finished.” Present tense, in His time. He did not say, “It has begun,” or “Open their eyes and let the struggles with their revealed sin begin.” He said, “It is finished.” So sin is finished, my death in Him is finished. Then, still being in Him I was raised from the dead and in Him I ascended to the Father. Now I know this truth, and I was baptized into my new self; my new body dead to sin. This was the beginning of my changed heart. It is not I that will overcome, it is not my strength or desire, or anything else to do with me. Christ is in me. I am nothing. Christ is everything. The Holy Spirit will wrought Christ in me. It is only Christ whom pleases God, so He must be in me. I am not Christ. I do not become Him. I become His vessel. I am a cup and Christ fills the cup. It is not the cup that gives peace and comfort, but what the cup bears. People do not thirst for the vessel, but what the vessel carries. I carry Christ in me. Therefore, Christ is the light in me. He is what people see and desire to speak with. It is Christ in me Whom ministers to them and gives them the peace they seek. My prayers have often been, “God give me the strength, give me the will, give me the power.” God wants to weaken me and teach me that it is Him and it is Christ in me that is my strength, my light, my shield, my salvation. He is the light of the world in me. It is not I that overcome, but Christ in me that has overcome. I am just a bearer, a vessel, the cup, and Christ is what the world needs and Christ is in me, and I am in Him.