Is it time for you to blaze your own trail?

"Trail Blazing" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“Trail Blazing” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

I started my own trail a long time ago. No one really noticed.

It was scary at first cutting through all the excuses and objections. It got easier.

Then it got harder again when I realized that the objections were more serious, threatening and intimidating.

But the further into the jungle I got and the further away from everyone else I became, then people started to notice.

It became really obvious that I was heading off in my own direction to find my own land and build my own home.

My determination, along with my exhaustion, encounters the determined resistance of others to my journey. But I keep going because, well, because I must! I keep cutting my way through.

How about you?

SHOP

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8 Responses

  1. An appropriate image for sure

  2. Melissa says:

    “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it.”

  3. kris799 says:

    YES! YES! YES! This is so inspiring to me right now. You have a way of knowing what I am going through and for that I am grateful 🙂

  4. Caryn LeMur says:

    I think one of the difficulties is that the church institutions breed a culture of dependency (on both men and women), and then add to that a culture of male dominance (over the women).

    Thus, the women that are church-trained cut first through the jungle of male dominance – and realize that some of women-kind are pastors, evangelists, church leaders, elders, and incredibly gifted and talented. They become self-actualized, so to speak. Why not be the church leader? Why not teach from the pulpit?

    But the second jungle is the culture of dependency (taught more within the church than within the American culture). ‘You cannot make the journey alone – that is, without the church institution with you.’ and, ‘You need us every Sunday, otherwise you will fall into error’… and on and on.

    I think we women fight through two jungles. The first is so threatening to the men that love status and rank within the institutionalized church, that the men (and some women) intertwine the vines in your cartoon. The second is so threatening to the church as a business institution, that the church institution feels betrayed if a person is called out of the church by the Holy Spirit, preaches tithing as a ‘must’, and even preaches the necessity of attendance (on Sundays).

  5. Thanks Caryn. You always say it so well.

  6. David,

    I was delighted to find that you had read my mind and had done a cartoon of what I have been saying for years!!!

    As a woman who has blazed a trail through seminary with a machete, this is how I described my journey! I completed my doctoral research on spiritual abuse and recovery. This is how I felt most of the way! And now it still continues –as a way of life. Something of the Holy Spirit’s working in a person’s life, I suspect. 🙂

    Maybe I’ll get opportunities to share this cartoon with many other women, as God leads–to inspire them to keep at it and attempt exploits with and for Christ!

  7. THanks everyone. And Barb… I love hearing feedback. Thanks.

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