I like to think of myself as an explorer.

I'm fascinated by caves and forests, shortcuts and backroads, abandoned buildings and forbidden places.

My favorite stories, both on film and in print, are those of adventure, exploration, survival and discovery. I love television shows like Star Trek, and LOST (until Season 6; my ending was better). Books like Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia appeal to me, because they are about people who discover (or are discovered by) realities they didn't imagine possible and are driven to explore, investigate, defend or escape them.

Sometimes I am saddened by the fact that there is so little of our planet left uncharted or untamed. Then I remember that I'm neither independently wealthy or in peak physical condition...so even if there were a mountain range left unclimbed, I probably wouldn't be able to render it climbed...and then I get more sad.

However, in my own way, I have explored untrodden territory. "Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to." I was the first person in my family to go to college. I'm the only one to have moved away from our immediate family. I've lived in 3 different countries, visited 7 and I pray I've only just begun. 

A couple of years ago, an old friend from high school commented "you're life has been so exciting." For me, it was cause for pause. I hadn't realized until then that the life I have lead is fairly unusual. However, I've surrounded myself with other fairly unusual individuals and hadn't noticed. I have, in my 30 years, lived a good story. 

The best part is, though...It's not my story. Mine is but a paragraph, nay a mere tittle in the volume of redemption. I've been saved, by grace, through faith in Christ. He is the Great Explorer, the Great Captain, the Great General. He has welcomed me into his story...and what a glorious story it is. 

My hope for this blog is that you may, by reading about my life, catch a glimpse of the Christ-life in me. 

He has graced me with a miraculously wonderful wife, a funny fat cat, some fabulous friends, a fantastic family, a good job and a home that is more than I could have asked for. I live in South Korea, where I work as an English teacher. Everyday, I get to explore this country, the love of my wife and the depths of grace that I've found in Jesus. 

I will continue to explore, to love, to grow, change, conquer and write Whatever I Tram Well Please.