God asks us what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over to us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.”
Bob Goff in Love Does
Do you believe that you get to live a life of adventure?
Attitude and experiences can be funny things. If they stink, chances are you will believe everything around you stinks. Unfortunately we often allow our attitude and our past experiences to dictate what we believe about our future experiences.
I love the quote above by Bob Goff. If you haven’t yet read Love Does you should. After reading it I am half-tempted to load up my family and drive across the country just to sit down and hang out with him. It is just the kind of crazy, whimsy-filled adventure that Bob would appreciate.
I like this quote because it reminds me that God created you and I in a very specific and amazing way. He made my heart break over certain things and he made me love certain things and he made me passionate about certain things. He made you unique and specific too. You know what gets you excited and ignites a fire in your bones.
Why would God make us this way?
I think it is because He wants to use us to complete this great and crazy adventure called life. You see, just because we are Christians, and just because we are called to walk the narrow path and take a stand on things doesn’t mean that our lives can’t be filled with wonder and rapture and adventure.
I believe we are fully alive and most where God wants us to be when we are living the great adventure he planned out for us. I think the attributes of God are most exhibited in us when we live a life of adventure.
Consider these adventurers:
- Abraham packed up his family and stepped out to follow God on faith
- Moses took a ride in a basket on a river, was raised as royalty, then became God’s spokesperson for a fledgling nation
- Esther saved that nation from destruction by being bold and brave
- David stepped up and destroyed a giant with a stone, a shout, and faith
- Nehemiah built the wall up around Jerusalem with his broken heart
- Jesus turned the world upside down with ideas that were contrary to convention
- Peter walked on the water, confessed Jesus as the Son of God, denied him three times, then became the rock on which the church was built
- The disciples devoted the rest of their lives following the adventure that was kindled in them
- Paul became the greatest missionary after a blinding encounter on the road to Damascus
- John was exiled to an island where he was given the Revelation of things to come.
Will your name be added to this list?
There is no reason it couldn’t be. If we kept adding bullet points we could put name after name on it. Martin Luther, C.S. Lewis, Spurgeon, Moody, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa.
I can name people in my life that have responded to the passion that God put in their hearts and have lived a life of adventure. I have their names on the list.
I want my name to be on that list as well.
I want your name to be on the list too.
I am trying to live my life in such a way that I do hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
I want more than that though.
I don’t mean to be irreverent, but I think sometimes we only focus on the meek Lamb and overlook the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
My Jesus is a Warrior and he is calling me to a life of adventure.
So the question is, are you living a life of Adventure?
If not, what are you waiting for?
Go. Heaven is watching and waiting.