Summer Thrills That Kill
We’ve all experienced the symptoms: your kids are out of school, your friends are at the beach, and you’re sitting at home trying not to lose it as little Johnny makes a sling shot from your new pair of running pants.
Fortunately for all of us, there is a cure for the summertime blues. Today that cure comes by way of a little list I’ve put together featuring a few things that are sure to keep your summer full of excitement.
Just don’t look over your shoulder
Are you tired of not fearing for your life when you walk down the street? Well get off your tookus and get ready to haul tail- we’re going running with the bulls!
That’s right, this all inclusive trip to Pamplona requires a pair of running shoes, a heavy dose of crazy pills, and perhaps or not perhaps a return ticket home, depending on how you fare.
According to a vast bank of knowledge I like to call, “The Internet”, this death-wish event has been a tradition since the early 14th century, and used to have something to do with transporting cattle via fear and footraces. So, basically it all makes great sense.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s a lunatic
Are you feeling tied down by your routine and unable to take spontaneous leaps into something new? Well get ready, because you’re about to take a great leap alright- right off the empire state building.
BASE jumping is an adrenaline surging hobby created by some folks who just thought plain old “skydiving from an airplane” was for prudes. The point is to jump off buildings, antennas, bridges, and cliffs, and to not become splatter in the process.
While stats say that 59 in 60 BASE jumps don’t end in death, I like my odds of not dying a little better from the sidelines.
Do you like fishing? Do you like big fish… with teeth? Well, rather the reeling them in, you’re going to love diving into the deep blue and going for a swim with Jaws and his pals.
Swimming with sharks, or “shark diving,” is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Shark experts tell us that there’s only a few types of sharks that prey on humans unprovoked… and you know what that means- better get in there and swim with ‘em! That’s right, sharks are our friends- don’t let Hollywood fool you.
If I’m going to be honest with you, I have to tell you that I’m not the biggest adrenaline junky. I’m not calling out anyone who enjoys defying death for a laugh’s sake, but when we’re talking about seeking our thrills by taking unnecessary risks, I’m satisfied to get my dose by driving in the HOV lane without any passengers.
The Bible talks about this flirting with death, only in a different sense. It talks about people whose “god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth.”
In the same vain, Jesus tells us to not fear the life we can lose in the body, but to fear losing eternal life united with Him- the very thing we were created for. For me, that’s something I want to flirt with about as much as I want to flirt with the edge of the Eiffel tower equipped with a hello kitty backpack parachute.
Although I’m not saying Jesus wants us to cower from him or live in constant trepidation that something we do might send us to Hell, I do think He wants us to see things in light of eternity and realize that our decision to follow Him or deny Him will have a forever impact. He wants us to know Him, to enjoy His goodness, and to spend eternity surrendered to him.
And there’s no reason on earth I’d want to risk that.