Pray for us. We are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
HEBREWS 13:18, NIV
A few years ago a group of my buddies and I planned a hiking trip to Manistee National Forest in Michigan, a forested part of the state that was set aside for people to enjoy and explore. Before the hike, we spent time reading about many trails available for hiking. We finally found a loop that sounded like the perfect trail. It was about twenty-eight miles long, and it would take us through a variety of different ecosystems, once we chose the trail we would hike, we began to plan the trip. We had to decide which weekend was the best-one that would not be too hot, too cold, or too crowded. Next we started planning and making a list of things we would need to take. We figured out how many tents to bring, how much food to carry, how much water we would drink, the right kind of clothes and shoes we would need; and we created a list of other helpful objects we would bring such as flashlights, bug spray, and portable stove.
Soon the weekend came, and we packed our things in a car and drove four hours north to the trail head. The trail head was actually quite deep in the Manistee national Forest, and we finally found the designated parking area where we would leave the car for the weekend. There was a sign with the instructions for praying our fee-five dollars for each person hiking-and a slot where we could insert the money. No one was there; it was just electricity, no phone signal, no sign of civilization; we thoroughly enjoyed disconnecting from normal life and spending two days hiking and camping in the forest.
Since no one was there to change us, we probably could have gotten away with not paying the feet, but that would have been dishonest. When we internationally choose to live like Christ, it means choose to do the right thing, even when no one else is around.