At Olathe Bible Church, we use a metaphor for passionately following Jesus — we say that being a Christ follower is a lot like white-water rafting. Life is like white water. It is scary at times. It is a thrill at times. It is dangerous at times. But it is always adventuresome. As Christ followers on the river of life, we know that three things are essential: a life vest, a raft with other people, and a paddle.