By Dan Bolin, International Director of Christian Camping International
I recently read someone’s list of the ten most dangerous countries in the world. I have only been to four of the ten in the last two years, and I’d go back to any of them in a minute. In each country I met wonderful people who were serving the Lord in amazing and productive ways.
Danger is always about what we are afraid to lose. Our comfort, money, health, credibility, friendships, freedom or whatever else we value – even our lives.
Paul knew a little bit about danger. He tells the Corinthians about eight dangers he faced during his years of ministry. “I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.” (2 Corinthians 11:26)
Throughout his ministry, Paul faced danger courageously because what he loved most could never be taken away. He said, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
Paul’s courage in the face of beatings, prison and riots seemed to flow from his unshakable relationship with God. He could live with reckless abandon because the things of this world diminished as he grew more in love with Jesus.
Dan Bolin is the International Director of Christian Camping International (CCI). Dan has served in Christian leadership for over 35 years. He holds a B. A. from SeattlePacificUniversity, a Th. M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MBA from LeTourneauUniversity and his Doctor of Ministry is from Denver Seminary. He is the author of seven books. Dan speaks throughout the United States and around the world on family, leadership, marketing, management and other Biblical and professional topics. He has been married to Cay Pryor Bolin for 37 years. They have a married daughter, Haley. Dan enjoys reading, fly-fishing, jogging, most sports and writing.