Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Choose Your Own Adventure

“The best adventures always spring from a noble cause or mission. The greatest adventurers do things not only for the thrills but because they accomplish a worthy purpose. Because the excitement they feel connects to a far greater objective, they enjoy a far deeper, richer, and longer lasting pleasure than those who seek only an adrenaline rush. That’s why the Christian life presents the best opportunities for adventure. Those who invest themselves unreservedly in partnering with God to extend His kingdom – whether they do so in the boardroom, classroom, lunchroom, or weight room – know an ongoing thrill unavailable to others. ” - Unknown

First kiss…a last second victory…meeting lifelong hero…closing a huge business deal …revealing myself to someone and seeing if they will love me or crush my heart…There are different ways to obtain highly sought after thrills. There are “cheap thrills” and then there are true, God-ordained ways to experience the exhilaration we were made for.

This might be a bit simplistic but here is a quick look at some of the differences between true adventure and mere excitement.
 Mere Excitement         True Adventure
 Purpose in itself             Purpose beyond itself
 (Inward focus)               (Outward focus)
 Appetizing                     Satisfying
 Pumps up the emotions Pumps up the whole person
 (Physiological)               (Spiritual)
Short-lived (momentary) Lifelong
 Gets old                          Gets better

 God has wired you for adventure, for a purpose bigger than yourself. You have premonitions of purpose. Every good story has tension. Your life is a story you and God are co-writing. We must learn to allow stories around us (whether on TV, others lives or in God’s word) to call us into our own adventure not to become a substitute adventure for us.

The Apostle Paul lived this way, Phil 3: 12-14 "Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. "

How to Enlist in the Adventure that God Has For You
1. Find a purpose that produces passion (calling, mission, vision, destiny) and keep it alive.
2. Tie that purpose into your simple, daily routines at work, at home and wherever you go.
3. Surrender the price that must be paid
“You cannot be my disciple without giving up everything that you own.” - Jesus
4. Celebrate the prize that will be produced (won)
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Paul 

"We know we were meant for more. But most of us end up settling for less than what God created and saved us for. We then get comfortable in our complacency. And years later we find ourselves stuck in the muck of mediocrity. Just getting by. Living a shadow of the life we dreamed and God intended. I’m daring you to believe that God has created you for a greater life than the one you’re living.” Stephen Fertick

Will you enlist in the adventure God has for you?