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A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. _c.s. lewis

Archive for May, 2009

civilization.

Posted by abramjanson on May 31, 2009

Greetings friends.  
I returned to civilization yesterday evening.  The week was incredible.  It really was a huge blessing to my life.  I truly do believe that this is where I need to be. 

Last week synopsis:

Day 1: Blindfolded. Dropped off in the wilderness. Given 6 maps. Told to make our way to different waypoints. Lots of fog. Even more rain. Saw a herd of elk within 50 yards of us. Deep conversations amidst the rain.  Camped for the night in one of the most awe-inspiring aspen groves known to man. 

Day 2: Beautiful sunrise. Oatmeal and hot chocolate for breakfast. No rain to begin the day.  Hiked a lot. Relaxed. Enjoyed time to myself. Met up with other groups in remote rendezvous location late.

Day 3:  Woke up at 5:30. Peaked a fourteener. Glissaded down a mountain. Performed many training scenarios. Returned to camp. Chilled. Fellowship abounded. Spooned with Jonah for warmth. Laughed so hard I cried and got a cramp. 

Day 4: Woke up. Chilled out over breakfast.  Loved on each other. More scenarios. More training. Ice axe throwing competition.  Corporate worship.  Affirmation and sharing under the stars.  Slept with every other guide under one tarp.  Loved life. 

Day 5: Woke up eventually. Orienteered. Played the question game. Enjoyed the hail.  Eventually… hiked out to civilization… unfortunately.

 

So… there is the jist of the week. Obviously… the shortened version.  To much to share with you over this. Many stories to tell. Oh… and camera died on first day… forgot to charge battery… so pictures will be coming as soon as I steal them from other people. 

 

Mercies.

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hello, backcountry.

Posted by abramjanson on May 25, 2009

I will be escaping into the Colorado backcountry for approximately 6 days starting tomorrow morning.  I am looking forward to a great time of rest, relaxation, and fellowship with friends.  Tomorrow is part of our last training block for the summer.  The jist of the trip is this… We will get blindfolded… driven into the mountains for about an hour… dropped off… given four maps not knowing where we are on any of them and told to be at a certain destination in 5 days. 

 

Should be a blast. 🙂 Seriously… can’t wait. 

 

I’ll be in touch next weekend. Here is a little updated picture of my appearance as of late… 🙂  

Photo 37 

 

mercies.

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Musings.

Posted by abramjanson on May 23, 2009

Hola. So… I’m near close to being done with the first week back to Noah’s.  It has been a great experience.  I love the people here.  They are simply a blessing.  It is a super uplifting and encouraging environment to work in.  Sometimes… I even feel it is too nice or too encouraging… But I guess maybe it is better to error in the positive rather than the negative.  Regardless… I have really enjoyed my time here so far.  I am really joyful in my decision to return.  Training has been tough, but not nearly as tough as I thought it would be.  We ran the Narrows three times on Thursday and busted out two trips down Brown’s filled with tons of scenarios.  The practice has been great. Laura Freddy flipped in the Narrows yesterday which was an interesting situation to watch unfold. Anywho… I went and hung out at the Bread House tonight and an impromptu worship session broke out.  It was really good for me to sit and listen and quiet my heart.  I don’t know if I sang a word… but I didn’t have to.  It was a blessing in my life and it provided some much needed ‘quiet’ time alone with myself.  I have been learning a lot this week about who I am and who I want to be.  We have been discussing a lot of different aspects of our company and our jobs as guides and the consensus is that we are more than just river guides. 

 

  • Guiding is simply a medium in which we get to minister to the hearts of people.

With this… we have been discussing why ‘we’ exist and the core values of Noah’s.  Allow me to share with you our mission statement and values and some assertions that have really spoken truth and challenged me.

 

  • Our Mission:
  • To challenge and encourage people in their relationships with God, others and themselves.
  • Our Values:
  • Excellence
  • I will seek to be excellent in all aspects of my work – pushing myself to be a contributor and not a consumer in all I do.
  • Relationships
  • Out of an extension of my love relationship with Christ, I will choose to love others well – beginning with those closest to me and then also to whomever God brings into my path.
  • Teaching and Training
  • Out of an extension of my love relationship with Christ, I will choose to be developed, and also pour myself into the development and encouragement of those around me.
  • Extraordinary Customer Service
  • Out of an extension of my relationship with Christ, I will seek to love my customers by providing “extraordinary customer value.”
  • Recreation
  • My time outdoors is one of my favorite extensions of my relationship with Christ.
  • Challenging thoughts and assertions regarding these values:
  • If people do not feel safe and cared for they will not rust me and it will therefore deafen their ears to anything I have to say.
  • I choose to be authentic – to not hide my true feelings, strengths and failures.  I will offer all of these parts of myself to staff – as an incomplete non-perfect human that is growing and learning.
  • I commit to not say anything negative about another member of my community.
  • I choose to acknowledge that people are the reason I do what I do.

 

  • World Rockers:
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  • I recognize that the motivation for my own personal development can only come from within. I can respond by rising to the occasion, or ignoring the opportunity.  I choose to rise, respond, and grow.
  • I choose to seek out my gifts and talents and exploit them like never before – realizing that what my community needs is 100% of what I have to offer.
  • I will seek opportunities to help develop those around me, and speak words of life into their circumstances.  I choose to encourage people – not discourage them.

 

It is easy to say this company is challenging me and turning me into a better lover of kingdom purposes and people.

 

Challenges of the heart are difficult ones to deal with.

 

Traveling mercies.

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offensive? i hope so.

Posted by abramjanson on May 23, 2009

Here as a passionate response to human trafficking. It’s a good read.

 

I hope you are not offended by simple words… but by the injustice. 

 

Mercy.

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