Giving My Life Over to God
Through my second year with Explore I have learned many things about leadership as well as myself. Most importantly I have discovered my need to be more dependent on my Lord and Savior. Throughout my life I have been unenthusiastic about receiving and taking on responsibility, which is rather ironic seeing as I am in a leadership program. But what I have come to notice is that even though I do not enjoy responsibility in what I do, I want all the responsibility in my own life. I do not want to fully give everything I have over to the Lord for fear of the unknown future. I like to have the feeling of security in what I am doing and I suppose up to this point have not had enough faith to give it all to God. During our 22 day Death Valley trip we had a 48 hour solo, within that solo period I had the idea of my lack of commitment to the Lord running through my mind again and again. I believe the Lord was placing the hole in our relationship at the front of my mind so that I might work towards fixing it. I hope that as I continue to grow in my faith and relationship with God, I may be able to willingly and joyfully give my life to the Lord. I hope that I can serve the Lord with all that I think and do. My time with Explore has been both a stretching and fulfilling experience, I am so very thankful for what this program has done for me personally as well as spiritually.
Mike is not far from Prairie as he hails from Three Hills Alberta, but still looks on his time in Explore as a huge learning and growing experience. He counts the Death Valley trip as one of the biggest highlights of this year. He will be found cheering on the Flames as they begin their playoff run shortly.