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When Graham asked me if I wanted to be involved in the boat trip ministry last summer, I did not need another thing to do! But I said “yes” to the vision, and I have been richly blessed to be a part of it.

Since I am not a daring and adventurous extreme-sports kind of woman, I helped with the administrative end. Graham’s enthusiasm and graciousness made it so easy for me to do the more boring stuff behind the scenes and still feel partnership in using adrenaline sports to reach kids for Christ.

Graham really connects the fun and challenge of sports to biblical truth; and that is exciting! But he doesn’t stop there. The boat trips are not just a lot of fun. They are one part of his desire to draw kids closer to God and help them understand how to make their relationship with God real and first place in their lives so they can know His will, be in the center of it, and impact others to do the same.

Something very special in Graham is the kid part of his personality. But it isn’t the childishness that we should put away (1 Corinthians 13:11 “When I was a child, I used to speak as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”). No, it is the childlikeness that allows us to know God better (Mark 10:15 “Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it at all.”) It is fun to think that God Himself exemplifies the childlike qualities He wants us to have.

G.K. Chesterton explains it best, that because children are in spirit fierce and free, they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again!” In contrast, grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is. It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun, and every evening, “Do it again” to the moon. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.

Graham, how many times have you heard “do it again” on a boat trip? And how many boat trips do you have under your belt? How many more are you up for? See what I mean? Kudos for showing us this amazing, fun, and important part of God’s character and bringing it out in us.