CS FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL HOYT
A statue of Christopher Columbus stands outside Holy Rosary Church in Washington. Columbus Day is Oct. 12.
CS FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL HOYT A statue of Christopher Columbus stands outside Holy Rosary Church in Washington. Columbus Day is Oct. 12.
Columbus Day is around the corner. I think we take for granted just how remarkable a journey he undertook. He sailed across the ocean and was not sure what he would find on the other end. Would he land in China, or would he fall off the edge of a flat world?

Moving out of our comfort zones is never easy, but imagine the amazing things we could discover if we let ourselves be explorers. In the spirit of Christopher Columbus, I offer you five ways to be a great explorer.

1.    Next Door – I met a lady the other day who had fallen in her front yard and broken her hip. Her husband was working in the basement and could not hear her calls for help. Her neighbor drove by and saw her in the yard and came to the rescue. The woman who had fallen told me that was the longest conversation she had had with her neighbor in 20 years. Wow! Maybe our first adventure is next door to say hello to our neighbors. You don’t need to invent a reason, just stop by and say hi. 

2.    Good Book – There is more than one reason the Bible is called the “Good Book.” Not only is it filled with all goodness, it’s also filled with some great reading. Like a bit of adventure, intrigue, or romance? The Bible has it all. Explore the Good Book. 

3.    Into the Wild – Take a walk. Remember it’s not just for fresh air, it is also an adventure to explore the beauty of God’s creation. The only equipment you need for this quest is comfortable shoes and a rosary. As you stroll along, avoid checking out the neighbor’s recycling, and instead say a bead in thanksgiving for every gift you have, especially your faith. 

4.    New Civilizations – The mother of a friend of mine was a very wise lady.  She told me once, “Never worry who you have to sit next to at a dinner table.  Everyone has a story, it’s up to you to find out what it is.”  Ask someone how they are or where they’re from, and listen to their tale. Explore the world’s beauty one person at a time. 

5.    Inside – Of all the journeys in the world, perhaps the most rewarding (and sometimes toughest) is inside our hearts. It’s rewarding because that is where Jesus is found in a very special way. It is challenging because it’s often tough just settling down and being quiet. Read a little bit of Scripture and see what jumps out at you. Ponder what is in your heart, what Jesus wishes to tell you today. This exploration has the best destination of them all, Heaven.