What happened between then and now I can't say with any certainty; lots of things - - and not the least of them having to do with growing in faith, and in trust.
So, when I hear a word like exploit, my heart begins to race.
Merriam tells us that it means a deed, or an act - especially a notable or heroic one. It's synonymous with feat, tour de force & stunt.
That's my kind of word; my kind of adventure!
But there's a flipside to this exploit-coin. When it ceases to be a noun - as I've indicated above - and becomes a verb, it shifts from the realm of the noble to the realm of the ignoble.
As a verb, exploit means to use or manipulate to one's own advantage.
In some books that may still represent adventure, but in mine it is anything but!
If ever you've been on the receiving end of a manipulative or exploitive maneuver, you realize just how insidious it is. It's far worse when you realize it's among your own arsenal; the one used to take advantage of this or that (or them).
Today I hope my exploits result in the leaving behind of a pinch of salt & a dose of light; and not some tell-tale sign of having used something or someone for selfish gain. Afterall, a genuinely amazing exploit will always take us along a straight course, and on firm, high ground.
The quotient for true adventure is always among the noble.
Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways;
we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God.
On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend
ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 4:2