I AM A GUY (in case you didn’t know). Most (operative word) guys are made for adventure.
Over 10 years ago I read a book that revolutionized my thinking. I know it was and still is controversial. For the Open Theism it supposedly touted. Pfft! I think it garnered more controversy because it dared to challenge the norm that many men had fallen into:
A SAFE, NON-ADVENTUROUS CHRISTIANITY THAT NEITHER CHALLENGED NOR CHANGED ANYONE (especially the man himself).
Okay, so some think it was controversial in its approach of calling men to a life of adventure. But maybe some men needed that kick in the…aaaah…pants. I did. For all my cycling and love of being outdoors, I had settled for bland. Know what I mean? With the clarion call of “Every man has a battle to fight; an adventure to live; and a beauty to rescue” Wild at Heart called men to be men.
Then I read another book a couple of years ago that stirred something inside me. It was called Surrendered and Untamed by Jason Clark. Was God trying to tell me something…again? I decided to have a constant reminder so when I had a new RoadID made I put the phrase “Live the Adventure” on it.
I used to think knowing God was like going on a business trip with Him, but now I know He’s inviting me on an adventure instead.
As you might have guessed that is from Love Does by Bob Goff. Then on Tuesday someone from OVCF (one of the two or three who read my blog) sent me this. Frankly, Bob nails it when he talks about Bible doing vs. Bible study. Living life with Jesus is supposed to be an adventure…not an adventure in babysitting, but an adventure in a life beyond compare! I absolutely love what Bob says:
Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks 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 us, He whispers, ‘Let’s go do that together.’ A little later he goes on to say, ‘When Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.’
So…let me cut my part short by asking you a question: How do you see your life right now? Have you settled for or do you see yourself living an adventure? How would you classify your walk with Jesus right now?
This is part of my ongoing series of posts inspired by Love Does. Bet you can’t tell I like it and recommend it!