Adventure Awaits – Go Find It!
Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how”. Matthew 16:24 (MSG)
I stood on the cliff face looking at the waterfall crashing down into the beautiful cold crystal waters, heard my friends and family shouting ‘Jump!’ I knew I had to be quick or I would talk myself out of it. Part of me wanted to quit, but I have learnt to dance with my fear and not to be paralysed by it. So with my heart beating fast I launched into the water, trying to be sure to miss any jagged rocks. It was exhilarating. Immediately I scrambled up the cliff side desperate to jump again.
It’s said that ‘If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it’s lethal.’ Yet we all like to stay in our safe, fixed routines; we all love the illusion of maintaining control. Yet Jesus seems to call us to something completely different.
He tells us to throw caution to the wind, to get out of the driving seat of our lives, hand over the wheel to him and to go on a whirlwind adventure that will leave us breathless.
Lent is about dying to live, surrendering to soar, living to thrive and not just survive. Your challenge for this week is to pick up some dreams again, remember some of the things that exhilarate you and remind you that you are really alive.
This week sit down and spend some time writing down some clear, specific and measurable goals of how you can enter into the adventurous life God calls us to.
What could cause adrenaline to pump through your veins this week? What would take you out of your comfort zone? Could you share your faith with a stranger? Step out and pray for someone you bump into on the streets? Could you go on a missions trip in the next 12 months? Take part in a sponsored challenge?
Begin to dream. Include your friends or family, parents get your kids dreaming big. Share photos and ideas with our church community with the hashtag #AdventureAwaits. Let’s make sure when we get to the end of our days, that we look back on our lives and smile, knowing that we decided to live them to the full.