Finding Mastery

Finding_Mastery_Podcast_logo_FINAL2I can’t do justice to how much I like the Finding Mastery podcast. I don’t even know how I found it. But after trying a long list of podcasts that were either thinly veiled self promotion, way too out there, and/or just silly, this one feels like striking gold.

Right now I’m listening to the interview with U.S. Swim coach Sean Hutchinson. So much thought-provoking wisdom there. I especially like how he describes his realization that he didn’t care about swimming – he cared about helping people achieve things they thought were impossible. This changed his approach to coaching and the whole culture of his team.

On the spiritual front, the host, Michael Gervais, comes from a rather Buddhist perspective. This would normally drive me bonkers (Buddhism is a faith that has never worked for me) But it’s a credit to him that he can share what he believes without it becoming distracting when interviewees have other beliefs. He “holds the space” for a variety of world views in a professional way that has taught me a lot.

I appreciate what he’s creating here, and I think you will, too.

A Story Worth Living

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’m determined not to throw things up here just to fill space, so I wait until something really catches my attention and makes me think about life and faith in an interesting way. Thanks for your patience.

Today we have three pieces, so the drought is over 🙂

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A scene from “A Story Worth Living.” Photo courtesy of A Story Film

First up is this cool article about a movie by John Eldridge & Sons. Inspired by the 2004 mini-series “Long Way Round,” where actors Ewen McGregor & Charley Boorman traversed the world on motorcycles, the Eldridge men decided to attempt something similar – with smaller geography but larger vision.

Here’s the part I really like: Eldridge says, “Part of the motive behind the film was adventure films are the No. 1 genre on YouTube … and they have nothing to say. There’s no meaning to the adventure. There’s no content. We wanted to go out and make a beautiful adventure film with rich content.”

I’m a longtime reader of Men’s Journal because the writing is so good. But I’ve often thought how pointless some of the articles are. Go on this or that epic adventure, sculpt a superhero body, broil the perfect steak...but why? There’s rarely any sense of purpose behind these quests. Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for adventure, fitness & steak. They’re each wonderful in their own right. But when you add meaning to pursuits like this, that spills over and informs your everyday life, too. You know, the one that awaits us after every adventure.

I like that Eldridge has stuck to his guns about this hero stuff (I think he got hit with some heavy critique after his book Wild At Heart sold approximately 4 billion copies). We do all want meaning to our adventures. We do want life to be bigger. This article makes me think about how God is making that possible in my life, even without a motorcycle.