"Be Thankful!"

My last trip down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon caused me to do a lot of reflecting. It's been over 4 years since I'd had the privilege of sharing the Canyon with folks. God has allowed me to be involved with a number of other trips and it's always a special time that will cause you to think. I call the Colorado River a land of "extremes"! What I mean by that is you will go from extreme heat to extreme cold, extreme calm to extreme rush etc. in an instant. For example, the sun will be baking you, then you get hit by a splash of the Colorado River and you're freezing in an instant. (The Colorado River comes out of the Glen Canyon Dam at 42 degrees. Don't worry, it gets warmer. It's about 46 degrees by the time we helicopter out!)

Over the years, I've had some very special opportunities and growing experiences because of this trip. This last time was no different. It's always a privilege to give devotions in such a special setting. One of the reasons that devotions seem to be so powerful is because there’s no technology to distract you. The iPads, iPhones, Androids, and whatever device you have are useless. And a watch is a waste of time! We tell everyone on the first day the best thing they can do is take their watch off and pack it. That's because we're on "river time" for the next 7 days. We will eat every morning at 8:30 a.m., eat lunch every day at noon, and eat dinner every day at 6 p.m. Regardless of the time! It's in these circumstances that you will reflect on what is truly important. Whatever sports team or celebrity you may follow becomes irrelevant here. You just don't hear about that for the duration of the trip.

[Read the rest of the article at Reasons for Hope.]