Where the Wild Places Are

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller

On a weekly basis my reading diet consists of books about such things as urban economics, urban history, and urban planning. I've finally learned over time that I need to inject balance into my life when it comes to feeding my brain ... and my soul. I need life-nourishing books that ignite my creativity and wanderlust. Without it I feel like a caged animal.

Currently I'm reading through A Portal to Paradise by Alden Hayes. It is nothing spectacular (well, spectacular to me), but a book on the history of the Chiricahua Mountains in SE Arizona. From the very beginning of human history of the area (Clovis man) one of the common realities was and has been struggle. Eking out a living was a common theme whether it was the Apaches led by Cochise staving off the influx of white settlers or early 20th century ranchers and miners carving out a living in the hard scrabble desert environment.

But there is something that is tantalizing. Maybe it is because many of us live frenetic lives in the city doing our own eking that we long for "true adventure." Wide open spaces of sorts (not necessarily tied to geography or topography). This isn't an urban versus rural thing. We're wired for more. To risk more. To love more. To ultimately lead a life reflective of the counter-cultural nature of the gospel.

As we build Intrepid more and more I'm realizing how perfect the name "intrepid" really is. Definition: "resolutely fearless; dauntless." We need more intrepid people willing to take risks like explorers or adventurers of yesteryear. Moving and planting your life in communities like Bisbee, Arizona or Gallup, New Mexico or Astoria, Oregon takes a special person. Someone who's truly intrepid and willing to go where church planters and missionaries in North America are not going ... those "wild places." Places on the fringe. Places that only an intrepid dreamer can tackle.

Are you in?