Reality Check

Teacher’s Resource:
Bwana’s Guide:

“Reality Checks” are devotional outlines for outdoor preachers and teachers that have worked well on Creation Safaris, in line with our motto Escape to Reality.  These lessons should be thought out with additional Scriptures, explanations, illustrations, and personal testimonies to make them your own.  Above all, handle with prayer.
 – David F. Coppedge


This outline is good for a short inspirational talk at the beginning of a hike or
campout, especially if the activity requires stretching oneself a little.

Theme:  Creation Safaris are much more than just hikes or camping trips.  They are
means to making us more knowledgeable, joyful, and confident Christians!

Text:  Philippians 4:8-13:
  8  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just,
      whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there
      is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

  9  The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of
      peace will be with you.

10  But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again:  though
      you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

11  Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
12  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound.  Everywhere and in all things I have learned
      both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  1. Contemplation:  Whatsoever things are lovely, think on these things.
  2. Contentment:  I have learned in whatsoever state I am to be content.
  3. Confidence:  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Application:  As we hike, keep these three C’s in mind:
Be observant.  (Contemplation)
Don’t murmur or complain.  (Contentment)
Trust God and go the distance.  (Confidence)

Activity:  After the hike, see who can remember the three C’s and explain them.