Paid In Full
by Paul Walerczak
Recently my family and I headed out in "The Memory Maker" RV to experience life together on the open road for five days. During this five day period of time we traveled through four states, stayed at three different campgrounds, and covered close to 1,000 miles. To say that this was a memorable trip for my family and I would be an understatement at best!
The trip wasn't just a time of fun and relaxation, but rather a fulfillment of a calling that we sense the Lord is laying upon our family to insure that we simply do life and ministry together as a family unit. Sure I could continue traveling by myself to speaking engagements and outdoorsmen events as Without Excuse Ministries continues to grow, but what is the point when I am constantly leaving those whom the Lord has entrusted me with and I love the most behind. So, with that being said, the main focus of this trip was to be a blessing and share the Gospel as a family with outdoorsmen at Floyd's Creek Baptist Church located in Forrest City, NC.
Floyd's Creek Baptist Church
We arrived in Forrest City, NC on August 8th a little bit after lunch time and actually drove past the church on our way to the campground. As we passed the church it was obvious that the congregation members were working hard with their preparations and this was going to be a great event. I had received a phone call from the pastor earlier in the week indicating that the event was sold out with a waiting list of people wanting tickets if they became available. In short, the event was packed, the food was great, the congregation was very welcoming, and by the end of the night 9 men had given their lives to Christ for the first time! 28 other outdoorsmen renewed their commitment to Christ as well. What a great joy to travel back to the campground with my family late that night and share this information with them. What a blessing to be able to serve together as a family!
Will's Rainbow Trout
We pulled out on August 9th heading back over the mountains to Gatlinburg, TN for some family bonding time at the Crazy Horse campground. This part of the world is simply one of our favorite places to visit. We love the Smokey Mountains and seeing all that our Creator has made for us to enjoy! While at the campground we had fun with several activities to include swimming, racing down a 500 ft. long water slide, jumping in an inflatable bouncy house, taking strolls through the park, setting on a covered porch watching the kids play in the rain, listening to bubbling sounds of a stream, and of course Will's favorite..... FISHING!
The fishing part is what really leads to the title of this devotional "Paid In Full." I am not one to just spend money on anything, especially paying to fish, but when you have no other transportation other than a 34ft. long class A RV that gets about 8.5 miles to the gallon, paying 7 dollars for Will to walk about 100 yards from the RV to fish doesn't sound like such a bad deal! In the picture to the left you can see Will with his freshly caught Rainbow Trout. If you look closely you will see that Will has a black bracelet on his right wrist. The bracelet is there to let the park staff know that an individual in fact paid their 7 dollars to fish in the pond. That bracelet is a constant reminder to the park staff that the requirement needed to legally fish in the pond had not only been met, but that it was indeed "Paid In Full."
As I looked at that bracelet throughout the day it seemed to be a constant reminder to me that I too have had a debt "Paid In Full." Just like Will I have been enjoying the fruit of someone else's work. Will didn't have to worry about paying the 7 dollars to fish, just like I personally do not have to worry any longer about a mounting debt that I owed in my own life caused by the sin I have personally committed. Jesus Christ has paid my debt in full by His atoning work on the cross on my behalf. The theological word for this process is called propitiation. Christ has become our substitute and has paid our debt IN FULL! 1 John 2:2 states NKJV - "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world."
The question really becomes are you willing to accept the atoning work that Christ has done on your behalf? Scripture is clear in Romans 10:9 NKJV - "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." You see on August 8th, 2013 at roughly 8:30 in the evening, 9 outdoorsmen for the first time in their lives finally realized what it meant to have their debt "Paid In Full." How about you?
God Bless and thanks for reading the RV life!
Remember the Moments
by Paul Walerczak
This past weekend we finally headed out on our first official Without Excuse Ministries trip in The Memory Maker RV. The destination was Eaton, OH for an outdoorsmen event being put on by the Full Gospel Temple church hosted by Scott Robertson, owner of Mastins Deer Scents. It was a memorable weekend and below is a video devotional with some of the highlights from the weekend.
Remember the Moments,
Without Excuse Ministries Founder/Executive Producer
A New Name
by Paul Walerczak
Since we started the RV Life blog a few weeks ago we have had the opportunity to take the RV out a few times on some local camping trips with family and even close friends. These local trips have given us a chance to let the "old girl" stretch her legs and work out some kinks along the way. While camping, these times of turning off the cell phone, forgetting about a schedule, and reconnecting as a family are quickly becoming treasured times that I look forward too. There is just something about waking up in the morning and looking out the big front window of the RV and seeing all that God has created. In those quiet moments I feel so small, yet incredibly connected to my Creator, the one who made the very dirt beneath my boots!
This weekend we enter into a new season for us here at Without Excuse Ministries. Literally the entire reason why we purchased this motorhome starts in just a couple days. We are committed to travel throughout God's marvelous playground we call creation as a family. I feel in the day and time in which we live it is important for families to worship and serve together. There are so many "things" pulling the family apart today and unfortunately those same type "things" have infiltrated the church and even the church is now becoming a place where families go different directions as soon as they walk through the front door. As for me and my house we will serve the Lord........TOGETHER! So this Friday we head out to the Full Gospel Temple in Eaton, OH to facilitate a leadership training event for prospective outdoor ministry leaders. We will also be taking part in a Wild game dinner at the same facility and look forward to just sharing our faith with the outdoorsmen we meet at this event.
The Memory Maker
This leads me to the real meat and taters part of this devotional! There was a very important task that was imperative we get completed before we headed out on the road for our first ministry trip in the RV. We needed to come up with a new name for our home on wheels. I am not sure I could have pulled out of the driveway to head off into the wild blue yonder unless we gave the old girl a name. She is like family now, so she had to have a name. It took several weeks of pretty tough thinking on the subject of a name. I am pretty sure at one point I had smoke rolling out of my ears, blood shoot eyes, and was uttering things no one could understand as I strained to come up with a name that was fitting for a classic such as this 1997 Coachmen Mirada. Then poof, in an instant, the name came to me and it stuck. Ok drum roll please.........the new name for our home away from home is "The Memory Maker". We call her M and M for short. Since April we have created some wonderful memories in "The Memory Maker" and we look forward to many more. We also understand that some of the memories may not always be wonderful or pleasant. We may have to actually endure some pretty hard memories over time. One thing is for sure though, whether in good times or bad, Jesus is and always will be the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I can say this with all confidence because there was a day that God gave me a new name too. Prior to that special day I had names like lost, alcoholic, addict, depressed, insecure and lonely just to name a few. Then in October of 1994 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. On that day I was given a new name. That name still stays with me today and it is a name that I will always love to be called. What is this special name you might ask....it is none other than "Child of the one true King!"
God Bless and we look forward to maybe seeing you and your family on the road as we live out the RV Life serving Jesus!
The Rearview Mirror
by Paul Walerczak
Some of the most interesting wisdom can be found in kids cartoons. I should know this concept well since my wife and I have been blessed with seven beautiful children. One such piece of wisdom comes from the movie "Cars". I have seen this movie a hundred times or more. Sometimes it feels like a 100 times in one day! At one point the kids would just watch the movie over and over again never getting tired of it and always laughing at all the jokes as if it were the first time they had heard them. There is a scene from the movie that seems to play back in my mind from time to time. In the scene Towmater, a rusty old tow truck, is trying to teach Lightning McQueen, a finely tuned race car, how to drive backwards. Towmater does it with ease and the scene is pretty comical how Towmater just whirls around the country side in reverse leaving the rearview mirror lacking Lightning McQueen dumb founded as he watches Towmater drive in reverse. Then Towmater stops and says something amazing, brilliant, insightful, and convicting. Towmater says "its easy to know where your going when you know where you've been." Wow...what great wisdom from a G rated kids cartoon character.
1997 Coachman Mirada
Recently we added another tool to the Without Excuse Ministries line-up of ways in which we can share the Gospel together as a family! As the founder of Without Excuse Ministries it is my personal conviction that this ministry is not built upon me traveling the country sharing the Gospel by myself, but rather more about us as a family having the honor to share the Gospel to hunters, outdoorsmen, and the wonderful folks He places in our path on a daily basis. We desire for our family to be a blessing to those we meet. So with that being said we have made adjustments this year to how we will travel in the future. As much as possible we will travel together to the ministry venues in the 1997 motorhome pictured above. This 1997 Coachman Mirada boasts a Chevy Big Block 454 under the hood and so far it has purred down the highway as we head out for adventure in God's great outdoors.
The Walerczak Family 2013
Since we purchased this motorhome there have been many times I have looked into the rearview mirror to see what was behind the RV as we traveled down the road. Here is the wonderful reality of looking into that rearview mirror. While gazing into that mirror I also see a beautiful group of people the Lord has blessed me with that I am proud to call my family! One of them calls me husband and the other seven call me daddy.
The RV life will be a devotional that helps us remember our past so that we know how to move forward in our future. As our family travels throughout God's marvelous creation in this motorhome, sharing the love of Christ with those we meet, we will try to take a moment to reflect and share a note with you on what we have learned while gazing into The Rearview Mirror of our lives.
II Corinthians 3:18 NKJV - But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Paul Walerczak is the founder of Without Excuse Ministries. The RV Life is a blog dedicated to the moments the Walerczak family share while traveling the country in their RV speaking at Wildgame Dinners, Outdoorsmen Events, Leadership Conferences, and just hanging around the campfire. In The RV Life blog our desire is to share the life lessons the Walerczak family learn while navigating the highways and byways of God's great outdoors!