"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.:" This was the calling the famous Shackleton made to recruit polar explorers when he was readying his fateful trip to Antarctica.
Not only did Shackleton successfully recruit men for his team, but he made his team extraordinary.
If you do not know Shackleton's story, it is amazing in so many ways. Traveling to the Antarctic, he got stuck in the ice, and was stranded in a frozen landscape without GPS or communication for 500 days.
The entire team survived, and even appears to have thrived from time to time. They carried out amazing heroics, keeping themselves occupied, insisting that nobody despair, and willing themselves to survive.
How did they do that? What was it like to not give up after 7, 50, or 350 days? Would you have the resolve to hold on to hope?
In the end, they were a remarkable group with an incredible resolve to survive one of the harshest journeys.
Shackleton did not sugar-coat the odds. He faced them head-on, and insisted that his team face the challenge in the same manner. We may ask, "Why?" Would you embark on such a journey for the goal of - "honour, recognition and small wages".
For the Christian, what is your goal? Every generation since Christ has faced the same basic landscape "the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few." Find your way to a great harvest.