16-year old sailors, pumpkin boats, and Lights…

Have you ever sailed around the world? How about climbed Mount Everest? Okay, so most of us will probably just have to settle for a joint on the lake in your friend’s Nautique or a few-hour ramble up some mountain near Gatlinburg. Therefore, many of us are content to live our sailing and climbing adventures through other people. People like Jessica or Abby.

Abby Sunderland will be the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe solo in a sailboat. She left from the Marina Del Ray (which also happens to be where I took my wife for her birthday dinner a few weeks ago) in her boat, “Shoe City.” She is currently about to stop in South Africa for repairs. Just to put things in perspective, there have been over 3,000 people to climb Mt. Everest, and less than 250 people to circumnavigate the globe solo in a sailboat. And, to top it all off, there are actually two 16-year old girls on the high-seas as you read this! Jessica Watson, from Australia, while six months older than Abby, will finish her trip first, but will have done it non-stop!

Take that Abby! Sure does make you question your accomplishments in life thus far. These girls are super-heroes! But then again, young female superheroes are a dime-a-dozen these days. Just check these two 23-year olds.

Logan is a superwoman. She resides in Park City/Outerspace, depending on her mood. This picture of her was taken at the exact marina young Abby departed from at age 15. Lights, a singer and Nicole Pidoux-look alike, also happens to be from outerspace, but she is currently living across the United States as she sweeps America by storm while on tour with Owl City. You don’t believe she is from space, too? Check it out…

While all four women mentioned today are no-doubt classic heroes, they cannot come even remotely close to the coolness, finesse, and heroism of JR Hildebrandt. JR took eight days of his busy and important life to paddle 150 miles down the Wisconsin River in a 760-pound pumpkin. He puts you girls to shame! He’s almost as cool as Dean Sean!

While these folks are all cool in their own ways, none of them are as cool or unique as you. In God’s eyes, Lights is no better than Logan, and Abby has nothing on Jessica. In God’s eyes, we should all be going after our dreams, whether it is conquering outerspace or paddling a pumpkin.

God wants each and every one of us to have as much success as possible. All this talk of how Christians need to be poor and not focused on success in life is nonsense.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” Proverbs 3:9-10

If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend all their days in prosperity and their years in pleasures.” Job 36:11

God wants us to follow our dreams and live a enjoyable life. However, it is VERY IMPORTANT for us to do it through Him. He created a specific set of guidelines for us to live through, and it is only when we live to our fullest through these guidelines can we expect to see success overflowing in our own lives.


One Response to “16-year old sailors, pumpkin boats, and Lights…”

  1. Jessica Rushing aka JR Says:

    Daniel, i love the post couldnt have said it better my friend everything u said was so true i was so blessed. Pray me as i look for another job this summer that God would lead in this decision. Thank u daniel for letting God use U an logan both to do His will everyday. God bless both u guys.


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