How to Build Your Own Trail

A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to help build a trail through a new camp donated to our local YMCA. In all my years of Scouting, I had never before built a trail. I’ve cleaned them, marked them, and hiked them, but never built them. In fact, I always thought that trails just happened from people walking the same path over and over. Not so.  Trails are planned then built. Read the rest of this entry »


What is your next step?

Last week I handled several concerns along the same lines from both adult and student clients. Those concerns sounded something like these:

  • I know where I want to go, but not sure how to get there.
  • How do I know whether to take a job or not?
  • I am not quite sure what to do now, but ultimately I know where I want to be. What should I do?

The answer to these is easy: do something. Take a step in the general direction you are heading, any direction actually will work. Even if it is not in a straight line toward your goal does not mean you should rather stand still. Just taking a step will help. Just like Newton’s Law of Motion–once you are in motion, you will tend to stay in motion. But if you are simply standing still, chances are it will be easier to remain still and just thinking about your goal rather than moving toward it. Read the rest of this entry »

Trail Markings

Recently, my mind wondered back to a Boy Scout hike where one scout went ahead of the rest to mark the trail that should be followed. You can see some traditional trail marking signs here. Some were painted on trees, others cut into trees, they used rocks or sticks on the ground, or any other available resource to communicate to the rest of the troop which way we should go. Read the rest of this entry »

Charting the Road

“Yahweh charts the road you take” (Psalms 1:6, MSG). This brings me comfort. As I struggle to know where this road is taking me, God brought this verse to me this week. It reminds me that he is charting the course. I cannot see the end–or even stops along the way–but He has charted it out. He knows where He is taking me.
In my first post, I wrote about Psalm 119:105. Eugene Peterson writes it this way: “By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.” Wow! God is lighting my path, one step at a time. Trust, patience, and movement are my responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

Swayed by the Wind

In my experience, when I have been looking for “something else,” plenty of “something elses” always come around. Those somethings are usually great opportunities, things I can do, involve great people and usually great pay. They are challenging and offer excitement. Unfortunately, those somethings do not quite fit the mold I am trying to fill. They usually may fill it well, but not completely. Read the rest of this entry »

Take the Next Step

Take the next step. So easy to say, often so difficult to do. What is the next step? If I take a wrong step, will I be able to go back? What about those who have no choice but to take that step with me?

Right now, I am trying to find that next step myself. I have a strong desire to help others take the next step–in their career, in their business, in their life. I am not sure where that desire will take me. Read the rest of this entry »