In the Thunder Bay Area where I live and grew up, there is lots of rugged beauty. Multiple opportunities to hike, play outside and explore are easily available. As research shows, time outside is very beneficial for us. There have been times where going outside and enjoying creation has been a huge blessing for me. Conversations on a trail or body of water. Playing soccer on a soccer field. Connecting authentically with others and our Creator.
Lately being outside in nature has emphasized for me "God's I love you" handiwork in the world which we live. Pure love and relationships created all things. Providing all we need and an opportunity to explore, discover, make mistakes, take responsibility and steward freewill.
Will leave you with this thought; we were made for love and learned fear.
"Moreover, we have seen with our own eyes and can testify to the truth that Father God has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Those who give thanks that Jesus is the Son of God live in God, and God lives in them. We have come into an intimate experience with God’s love, and we trust in the love he has for us.
God is love! Those who are living in love are living in God, and God lives through them. By living in God, love has been brought to its full expression in us so that we may fearlessly face the day of judgment, because all that Jesus now is, so are we in this world. Love never brings fear, for fear is always related to punishment. But love’s perfection drives the fear of punishment far from our hearts. Whoever walks constantly afraid of punishment has not reached love’s perfection. Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.
Anyone can say, “I love God,” yet have hatred toward another believer. This makes him a phony, because if you don’t love a brother or sister, whom you can see, how can you truly love God, whom you can’t see? For he has given us this command: whoever loves God must also demonstrate love to others."
1John 4:14-20 The Passion Translation
by Brian Simmons and Team