The Diary or the Map

One of my favorite films is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  I liked it enough to consider a history major in college and the chance to go chasing treasures around the world.  I still love history but the most chasing I’ll do is with a cursor moving across a webpage.

In the movie, Sean Connery and Harrison Ford play father and son.  Connery, the elder Jones, has a diary that contains a map to find the Holy Grail. The Grail, according to legend, was the cup used by Jesus at the last supper and by Joseph to catch his blood as he was hanging on the cross.

In the midst of the movie, after escaping Nazis, they come to a crossroads and have an important conversation.


Ford wants to go to Venice as their friend Marcus is there with the map.  Connery warns him they must go back to Berlin to get his diary because it contains clues to get past the three challenges that await anyone as they approach the Grail itself.

Two options: the quick way out or the challenge that yields the greater reward. It is a choice we face on a daily basis.

As I’m rounding the turn on getting Glass Jar City ready for publication, I’ve been honored to have an email exchange with Tom Morkes.  Morkes is the CEO of Insurgent Publishing and he offers a wealth of resources both free and paid on his website.  He advised that this process will be work, that book launches have no short cuts.

I’m facing my own trip back to “Berlin.”

Your crossroads may look different.

It could be a job offer, heading to workout when you are sick and exhausted, kneeling to pray when the words aren’t there. It could be your spouse walking out the door and telling you they are finished or the doctor with bad news.

Adversity is part of faith.

We love our success stories (Christians build empires on them) but adversity is more valuable. We are called to the rough path, the tough choice, to make a move when it takes all the emotional and physical strength we have left.

When you are there, looking at the crossroads, consider these two things:

Get Help. I am taking Morkes up on his offer and using some of the resources from Insurgent Publishing to assist with this book launch.  I want it to make a difference, to start conversations and create unity.  I want people invested in fighting poverty and making things better in our own little corner of the world.  It may be a long road but it helps to have someone by your side.

Find Your Passion. Those that change the game often face choices that could have knocked them off their journey.  Easier routes emerge, paths of least resistance. The wide gate as opposed to the narrow road. Sometimes tragedy forces us onto the shoulder as traffic speeds by. Have the courage to keep moving.  Know what drew you in the first place, what need burns inside and follow it like a beacon.

Tonight, consider your options and make your choice.  I invite you to join me on this journey.  You can follow this blog through email, Facebook, Tumblr, or LinkedIn. Feel free to share it with anyone needing some hope and inspiration in their life.

Together we can make a difference.


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