Happy Birthday, RLT!

This blog turns two years old today.  A lot has happened since I posted my first entry on Nov. 5, 2007.  We’ve moved, I’ve started a new career, I’ve written a book, and we’ve had our third daughter… and we feel like we’ve just begun to scratch the surface as to what God has in store for us.  So, to celebrate RTL’s second birthday, I’ve reposted the first post.  It is still as true today as it was two years ago.  Here it is…

My wife is an addict… to photography.  She loves it.  She’s passionate about it.  She has a favorite spot where she takes clients for sessions.  It’s this access road deep in the Blue Ridge mountains that slices through the George Washington National Forrest all the way up to Skyline Drive and the Appalachian Trail.  There’s a mountain stream that snakes its way down from the peaks to the valley.  There are several rock slides that just scream “Climb me!”  If you know where to look, there are trails up into the mountains.  We went there the other day to take some family pics.  Although the girls didn’t want to cooperate, it was cool.  Not too many people know about that road.  Many who do never venture there.  Like the Robert Frost poem says, it is a road less traveled by.  And choosing to travel it makes all the difference.

It got me thinking about the life that Jesus invites us to live.  He once talked about a road less traveled.  The Bible shows us in the midst of one of Jesus’ sermons that makes it abundantly clear that we’re broken, flawed, and messed up by sin, and that we have this desparate need for God, Jesus said these words:  “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it.  For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14).  The life Jesus invites us to live is the life less lived, the road less traveled.  It is not easy.  It is not comfortable.  Sometimes it will cause angst, doubt, pain, and suffering.  But if we want to really know and love God, it’s the road we must travel.  And it makes all the difference, between a mundane lather-rinse-repeat life and the life that God intended–a life of meaning, a life of purpose, and life that doesn’t end when this aging body wears out and dies.

That’s what this blog is about–a dude who, by the grace of God, is trying to hike that path.  And I suck at it.  I trip.  I stumble.  Sometimes I wander away from it.  And I’m more thankful each day for God’s grace through Jesus.

In this blog, I’ll reflect on what I’m reading in the Bible.  I’ll recommend some books to read on a lot of different subjects.  I’ll recommend some really good movies–some because of the spiritual undertones, some because they’re just plain fun to watch.  I may even muse about my vices… cigars and root beer.  Check out the links to some of my favorite sites (don’t worry–they’re not all “church” related).  Please leave a comment or two.  Interaction is always good!  Take what you want, leave the rest.  But leave with something…


About Aaron

Aaron is a follower of Jesus. He's married to his smokin' hot wife Laura and is the father of three adorable girls. He enjoys a robust cigar, a complex root beer, a good movie, writing, football, thought-provoking books, and rousing discussions about subjects you're not supposed to talk about (like theology and politics). Religious people irritate him (because he once was one). He's on a quest to find the perfect dry rub and sauce for ribs.
This entry was posted in Other Stuff. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s