The Value of Adventure
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. ~2 Corinthians 2:14
When I think of adventure, I think of an experience that is exhilarating…exciting…maybe even scary. I know as a Kingdom Man, I’m called to be adventurous. We are all called to dive into uncomfortable situations and expand His kingdom.
I have to admit, when I think of adventurous people in my life, there is one person that stands out more than anyone else, and that’s one of my fellow TJC authors and father-in-law. I’ve watched him walk into housing for veterans, hollering through the hallways for people to come downstairs and out of their rooms to join a bible study. Just going down to the beach while on vacation, I assisted him in carrying bibles down with all the other gear, to be handed out to random people on the beach.
I am not naturally like that. I don’t have that naturally adventurous personality that ventures out into the unknown, not knowing how things will go. I wonder how people will react to me pushing through that path that God asks me to brave through. But having been surrounded by examples of that boldness, I have found the strength to insert myself into situations where I fed the adventurous side that God wants me to have. Words cannot describe the feeling of knowing when you have stepped into your role in expanding God’s kingdom. And it is exciting, and scary.
My family went through a tough 6 months, where it seemed we met roadblocks and disappointment at every turn. That series of events could be a writing of its own, but long story short, when God reminded me, and re-educated me about his sovereignty, I decided to share that story with our pastor, who shared it as his sermon on the fly in church one Sunday. Fast forward to a few weeks ago, our pastor grabbed me after service and said, “Hey, I just wanted you to know, that story you shared, another family had just moved down to Alabama from up north and heard your story. She said your story was what gave them peace in their move, that they had found home.”
It’s amazing what God can do with our willingness towards adventure. And that adventure can be anything that steps you outside of your field of comfort and into God’s field of battle for the expansion of His kingdom.
Get out of your comfort zone and into the fight. If that’s tough for you, like it is for me, surround yourself with someone for whom it’s not. Search out opportunities to venture out into battle and fight to expand His kingdom.