Friday, February 17, 2006

My Adventurous Life


It's all one big adventure for me. My life, that is.

I mean, I watch adventure movies and it comes to me that just keeping up with mopping the floors and washing all the clothes and dishes and paying the bills on time and cooking meals where everything is hot at once and exercising and running errands in the car when I'd rather stay home and trying to follow God's steps for me through it all, well, that's plenty of daily adventure for me.

And when I watch pro football or the Olympics and the sports announcers are shouting wildly into microphones, sounding as though a touchdown or a race won are similar to saving the world from blowing-up, well, it reminds me that whatever God asks me to do is just as important. With Him, there are no small things. He could ask me to make an encouraging phone call, but if I raced out at that moment and tried to feed the whole world instead, well, it would amount to disobedience.

Obedience to God is always big, even in what appears small in our eyes.

When those touchdowns are made or those races won because of years and years of practice, faithfulness and persistence and going beyond ones own strength, well, when God wants me to be like that with my own simple blog, then, I, too, am involved in great adventure and am reaping rewards just as amazing. Though in a heart realm... though the rewards don't come in stadiums with ear-piercing cheers and announcers proclaiming my latest, greatest move.

No, my rewards come in quieter ways, whisperings from God not even heard by the people standing beside me. But that's ok--His 'atta girl' was all I wanted anyway.

Yet still as I watch tv sports and the Olympics and adventure movies I find all the parallels to my own simple life. The lessons I've learned and the struggles I've faced are similar.

And I think about how God provides an adventurous life for all of us, though many people go searching for other peoples' adventures, but they're never a custom fit, so are usually disappointing.

How sad to arrive in Heaven having missed ones own custom-made adventures upon Earth.

Most of my adventures take place in my heart and all the practice and sacrifices and hard work are done in a stadium where just One sits watching and cheering. The main One. The best One.

And that's just fine with me. It's more adventure than I can handle on any average day.


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"Adventure is not outside man; it is within." ... David Grayson

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours." ... 1 Corinthians 9:24

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” ... Helen Keller

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