Past: The Backstory
In 1989, I was a ten-year-old kid, watching the latest action film: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In that movie, Indiana Jones set out on an adventure to find his father who was on the hunt for the Holy Grail. During one of the desert scenes, Indiana encountered a canyon, with a city carved into the cliff face.
That place caught my eye and my imagination and I told my dad I wanted to see it in person. Keep in mind, this was the late 80’s, when there were no smartphones, no google searches – in fact, there was no internet at all. So we went to the only place that held all the answers; the library. We found a book that had a picture of the location from the film, and learned that it was called Petra, an ancient city in Southern Jordan. I copied the picture, hung it on my dream board, and dreamt of going there someday. 30 years later, I checked it off my bucket list.
Present: The Realization
Earlier this year, Jaimee and I decided to go on what we called “The Holy Land Adventure”! We wanted to explore the geography that is so richly steeped in history and faith. After floating in the Dead Sea and exploring Jerusalem (which was AMAZING), we added a couple of extra days to our trip to visit Petra, my childhood dream.
Even though I was young when the inspiration first hit, I was committed to making my vision a reality. I thought about it, talked about it, visualized it, prepared, then made it happen. I worked smart to create provision for my vision, and you can too. Whatever you want to pursue, you have the power to make it happen.
For me, going on an epic adventure meant following Indiana Jones’ footsteps to fulfill a dream that I formed as a boy. But the term “epic adventure” can mean different things to different people. What it looks like in your life, on your dream board, is completely up to you. As long as you prepare to reach your goal, nothing is off-limits.
Our trip to Israel and Jordan wasn’t only a checked bucket list item, it was also an opportunity to put things in perspective. When riding through the middle of the desert, we saw people whose families had been there for centuries and knew no other way of life. We realized we have the unique ability to get up and go. We’ve been granted many comforts and privileges that others do not attain, and it is our goal to pay it forward. Just like many of our past mission trips have, this trip helped open our eyes to ways we can support different communities and families all over the world.
Future: The Goal
I now pass the baton to you. I challenge you to cross borders and become a global citizen. I encourage you to figure out where you want to explore and create an action plan. Build an asset that offers you control of your time and money, then use the opportunity to see what this world is made of. Traveling more will not only expand your mind but will also help you realize how blessed you truly are. You’ve been granted opportunities that many people have not, so let travel serve as further motivation to succeed. After meeting new people, experiencing other cultures and witnessing different lifestyles, you have the chance to come home and continue to make your cup overflow with prosperity. And remember, in the wise words of Indiana Jones, “We do not follow maps to buried treasure.” Being a world traveler is bigger than the destination. It’s about accomplishing dreams, gaining experiences and finding the inspiration to help others do the same.