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Nature is wild. While it has order and rhythms, it is not something we can ultimately tame and control. And this, in part, reflects the nature of God whose image we bear as well.

Unfortunately, somewhere along the way we lost our respect and appreciation for this wild side of our nature.

Of course, we’ve been charged with taking care of the earth. And part of this responsibility includes taming certain aspects in order to submit to a greater good.

But cultivating and stewarding doesn’t mean we have to lose our spark of wildness.

And all too often this is what has played out in many ways, including with our very selves.

For instance, school for many has become simply about knowing the right answers for the test. And any sense of wonder and curiosity about the world has been killed for that which is more tame and predictable.

And we often apply this mindset to marriage as well – expecting predictable outcomes rather than embracing the wild adventure that it is.

Likewise, when it comes to work, many are content with simply getting a paycheck, with little to no sense of passion for offering their strength to bring more life and goodness into the world.

Rewilding is learning to rediscover our sense of wonder and curiosity, our spirit of adventure, as well as our deep passions and purpose for living.

It’s not settling for the cookie-cutter approach to life, but rather seeing all of life as frontier living.

This doesn’t mean we can’t carve out and tame many aspects for us to enjoy. But in our taming we don’t lose our wild side either.

We miss much of the goodness God has for us when we don’t continue to step out in faith into the wild unknown.

Rewild your heart and discover all the goodness and beauty God has for you.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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