Abby Sunderland is 16 now and could be standing in line waiting to take her driver’s exam and get her license… but she’s not. Instead, she’s about 500 miles west of Cape Horn; alone in a boat, two months into a 6 month solo attempt at sailing around the world! (Which may be safer than learning to drive in California anyway.) She even took her homework with her to avoid having to stay in high school an extra year (she’s a Jr.).
I know some people will balk at the notion of letting a 16 year old circumnavigate “this terrestrial ball,” but I admire parents who can trust that they’ve prepared their kids to really live. Too often, we teach so much risk avoidance that the mere survival that ensues hardly seems like living. The Sunderland’s sail. Abby’s been sailing for years, and apparently hounding her parents to let her sail around the world since she was 13 (even before her big brother Zac sailed around the world last year). So they’ve prepared her to live her dreams. They’ve equipped her to do what most people would be too afraid to even try.
“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity…” -from Paul to Timothy