This past weekend, I ventured beyond my usual comfort zone to higher ground up the mountain onto new bike trails, to those classified as challenging, referred to as Black Diamond. The first trail I encountered was called Roman Road. My newfound trail was characterized by slippery rocks and boulders, countless inclines, and seemingly few declines. It was clear this was not going to be a leisurely cycle, much like how life has been recently for many of us. Sound familiar?
I found a new meaning for the Roman road, or way in the cool forest of the Blue Ridge mountains. I know about the road to salvation, and the four-step process of accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, but this was much different of course.
The Roman Road name got me thinking about what we are all experiencing as the pandemic continues. Our teens have had to deal with many setbacks, including hardships like discouragement, depression, protracted remote learning, and now the stress of caring for younger siblings at home this summer while parents’ work.
Next week, LHCC undertakes a final week of uplifting and fun summer camps, as we prepare students for the upcoming restart of school. Our devotions will be laden with biblical principles. We’ll address how teens find encouragement and a new identity to dispel the labels they have likely been given and believed this past year. Not good enough. Do more, or “pull yourself up by your bootstraps”.
The original Roman Road was supposedly a physical infrastructure vital to the maintenance and development of the Roman state. It was built from about 300 BC through the expansion and consolidation of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. Hardly a well-travelled motor highway, but one with obstacles and inevitable challenges.
Another well-used phrase about striving for something new, seeing that I was in the woods. “The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.” A fitting quote by Henry Van Dyke Perhaps you have been thinking about creating something – a new recipe, a cool work of art, a drawing, but worry it won’t be perfect. Slay the dragon of discouragement and give it a try. That’s what we will be promoting next week. There’s much to be despondent about, but much much more to be grateful for.
Written by Brent Morris, July 2021