A friend spoke at an event for the Upperclassmen Townhouse Areas.  While he was sharing his story and some things God has taught him on his journey, he said something, just as an aside.  He said:
“I really enjoy the mountains”
 
When I heard this, I instinctively thought, “I really enjoy the mountains too.”
 
But after a moment I had to rethink this.
 
Distinctions
 
Sure, I like the mountains.  In my own context I could say that I enjoy the mountains.
But when I say that it is qualitatively different than when he says it.
 
He goes to mountains often.
His last job took place outdoors.
His current job is overseeing Adventure Learning at the university.
He owns mountain “gear”.
He leads trips to the mountains.
 
I enjoy the mountains when they’re around and I miss them when they’re not, but I don’t make much effort in the meantime. Mountains
I spent time in the mountains when I lived in California, but I don’t DO anything about it now that I live in Indiana. 
 
So, I’m not sure how I should describe my relationship with mountains, but somehow it’s less substantial than I first thought.
 
Applications
 
Thinking further, this makes me wonder about my relationship with Christ.
 
Initially, I want to say, “I love Jesus” or “I enjoy spending time with Jesus”
But then I wonder what I’m actually doing about it.
 
How substantial is it?
What effort am I making to find Him in the dry times?
What lengths do I go to orient my life towards Him?
 
Too often I’m convicted when I actually sit down and think about this.
Maybe it’s time for me to think about how my enjoyment of Jesus is made manifest.
When I hear someone say they love Jesus, I want to be able to say, “Me too”

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