Defining Adventure

How do you define adventure?

What does it mean to you to live an adventuresome life? (Luci Swindoll)

Adventure:
Out of the ordinary
Unusual
Unexpected
Untraditional

Quite a lot of UNs.  (Let’s think proactively.  Yes!)

An adventure is active, daring, even thrilling.  But could it also be quieting?

For me – to live the adventuresome life means taking steps toward a life less ordinary.  It means not always making the expected or comfortable choice.  I want a bank filled with memories rather than money.  I want new experiences in new places.  I want to risk more than I play it safe.  I want to live for something bigger than myself.

Dictionary.com has this opinion of our word – “ADVENTURE: An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.”

Now consider this quote by Erwin McManus: “The center of God’s will is not a safe place, but the most dangerous place in the world. God fears nothing and no one. God moves with intentionality and power. To live outside God’s will puts us in danger, but to live in His will makes us dangerous.”

What do you think?  Is following your calling an adventure?  Have you embraced adventure?

How do you define adventure?

Following (and dreaming),
Ginger

I double dog dare you.

“All serious daring starts within.” – Eudora Welty

-I dare you to make a bucket list.

-I dare you to actually dream of a job that takes your breath away.

-I dare you to dream of a purpose that lasts past the honeymoon phase.

-I dare you to live now.

-I dare you to be uncomfortable.

-I dare you to go somewhere where no one knows your name.

-I dare you to get a move on.

(Personal journal post from 11/02/2004)

What dares do you need to issue?  I dare you to dare yourself.

“It has been said that sixty-five thousand thoughts float through our minds each day.  Every one of those thoughts has the seed of possibility in it.  We choose with our will what we’ll do with that thought.  Will we stay stuck in ‘If only…’ or ‘Why me’- or will we open our minds to ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?'” – Luci Swindoll

Following,
Ginger

Sonic Entitlement

I love Sonic drinks. I love the pellet-shaped ice and the unhealthy carbonated beverage that fills my Route 44 to the top. It’s a luxury that I provide to the child in me who was once deprived of sodas. A large coke here, a new pair of shoes there and suddenly I find myself out of spending cash. My disposition sours quickly when I realize I don’t have the ability to live within my desired level of comfort.

It’s easy to feel entitled to a certain level of ease in life. Our entire society is entitlement driven. “I deserve this- I’ve worked hard for it!” It’s not easy, but we need to be careful not to fall into that mentality, and to remember what God has asked of us.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

30,000 children die from extreme poverty each day. These children die whether or not they work hard. These children are not entitled to what they get. While nearly half of humanity struggles to survive on less than $2 a day, I grumble as I pay the $5 for my latte. My life may not seem to have much in common with a boy in Haiti or a girl in Rwanda, but we all live this one life on earth together. How I live my life does have a direct effect on the world. 1 John 3:18 encourages “My children, our love should not be only words or talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that love by what we do.”

Extreme poverty doesn’t just happen in third world countries, but also in our own backyard.  As we care for those affected by poverty, we live out Jesus’ words “whatever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)

Does that mean I give up Sonic? Maybe, but more than that, it means you and I must make a conscious effort not to allow materialism or individualism to hinder a call to compassion. The journey of helping those in need is the journey of following Jesus. We’ve each been created with unique passions to serve him, to be the change we want to see in the world.

Make use of your unique giftings and let’s say yes to being extraordinary in the ordinary.

Following,
Ginger

Yes.

When my husband proposed he expressed his desire for us to use our gifts together in different parts of the world. Since that time we’ve had the opportunity to twice travel to Puerto Penasco, Mexico and serve with a free medical clinic. The Doctor who began these free clinics doesn’t actually have his own building. He hops around to churches and clinics, setting up wherever he finds availability. I almost wrote that he sets up where there is the greatest need… but the truth is that the need is great everywhere in Puerto Penasco.

-15 thousand+ families living in 50-150 sq ft. shacks, burnt out cars, underneath cardboard and pallets
-No running water or power
-Limited or no access to health care services
-60% of kids don’t advance to high school
-40% of the population is unemployed

D and I always thought that we might travel to Africa or India, in hopes of helping where the need for medical attention was most profound. But if I’m honest with myself I know that I also want to travel to Africa and India for selfish reasons. I’ve been dreaming of Africa for years, not Mexico.

Count the use of “I” in that last paragraph. I though, I know, I want, I dream, I haven’t… I (hah) will be the first to admit that dreams and desires are good things… but they aren’t always the best for what’s right now. There is a need four hours from my home. There are needs on my own street.

 

Several people have asked why now and why Puerto Penasco. The answer really is simple. It’s a need that was specifically presented to us. Someone asked and we said yes. The time reading from the Jesus Storybook Bible and seeing children with toothaches and stomach pain takes a small effort on our part but gives much to the families who walk for hours to give their children medical attention.

Our Pastor, Scott Brown, said in a recent sermon: “God is changing the world through ordinary people doing ordinary things with gospel intentionality.”

I am using my broken Spanish and love for children to do a very ordinary thing. I’m reading and telling stories. My husband is using his profession as he examines children sitting in folding chairs on a dirt floor. We are merely saying yes. We ask each trip that God would do the extraordinary through the ordinary.

The needs are everywhere: on your street, in your school, in your city, in Mexico, in Africa, and all over the globe. Are you ready to say yes?

Following,
Ginger

Adventure

…”He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:26-28

Adventure is an attitude, not a behavior. A life of adventure is ours for the taking. Stop asking if only and why me and start asking what if and why not. Capture each moment and savor the present – good or bad. Let go of your regrets and embrace your dreams. Celebrate life as it is!

God wants us to live fully…and well. Jesus said ‘I have come so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.’ (John 10:10) We have no idea what lies ahead or how God will open doors of potentiality when we consciously choose to get out of the ruts we’re in land start moving down new paths about which we can be excited – even passionate.

It’s daring to be curious about the unknown, to dream big dreams, to live outside prescribed boxes, to take risks, and above all, daring to investigate the way we live until we discover the deepest treasured purpose of why we are here. Life, for the most part, is what we make it. We have been given a responsibility to live it fully, joyfully, completely, and richly, in whatever span of time God grants on this earth. Jesus Christ is the master of Adventure!”

[Excerpts from I Married Adventure by Luci Swindoll]

I hope your holiday weekend has been filled with the best kind of adventure. We’ve been in Mexico working with a medical clinic.  Can’t wait to share all that God has done!

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy!” Psalm 126:3

Following and adventuring,
Ginger