1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.
Do you feel like you need some more adventure in your life?
I sure have felt that way, many times in my life.
….We might ask ourselves, though… is adventure actually a NEED? …Or is it maybe just a frivolous, irresponsible desire?
Well, I believe that adventure is important and that all of us really do need adventure in our lives.
By “adventure”, I don’t necessarily mean “out-door” wild and crazy adventures, although for some people, that could be just what you need at the moment.
But some personality types generally prefer a more stable, predictable life-style. And that’s okay.
And some personality types might prefer a more flexible, exciting life-style filled with activity. And that’s okay, too.
But all of us need some level of adventure–and maybe more of it than we are willing to admit.
I want to suggest that we are all even CALLED to this.
You see, getting to know the God of the universe is truly an amazing adventure.
To learn by experience that He really loves us (and not just in our heads) is absolutely wonderful.
And when we open up our lives more and more to what He has for us, there will also be some very exciting times as we see Him work in amazing ways.
There will also be times that God may lead us to take baby steps in some direction when we don’t really know the outcome yet.
Learning to follow Him is an adventure!
(Want some more adventure in your life this May? Read this post about the free “Loving My Actual Life” Monthly Challenges and then click “I’m In” and you’ll get an e-mail with a link to resources and questions to help you think about what adventures you need–big or little.)
There is Purpose in the Mundane
Following Jesus doesn’t mean we won’t still have mundane days of vacuuming the carpet (mine is calling me right now) and remembering to pay the bills– or even difficult times of waiting when it seems like nothing is happening, or even painful times– these all have their purpose in building our character.
But if we keep seeking God, asking Him to help us get to know Him better and learn with His help to love the people He puts in our path, wow!
As it says in Ephesians 3: 20-21 in the Message version of the Bible:
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
So for any of you who are stay-at-home moms changing diapers like me, or if you are in school or working in a 9 – 5 job or retired or unemployed or any variation in between—even if you can’t get out of the house–we ALL need this kind of adventure in our lives:
The thrill of getting to know God better and better and being used by Him to love a hurting world.
It is possible to take the idea of needing adventure too far and be ever running from one exciting experience to another, never satisfied and always seeking the next big thing.
It’s also possible to spend way too much money on thrilling “adventures” and not investing our time and efforts in truly meaningful ones that make a difference and bring lasting joy to our lives. (Not that it’s bad to go on trips and do stuff just for fun–see below).
But it can also be easy to get stuck in a routine that feels “safe” but also leaves you longing for something more to your life.
Need Some Adventure in Any of These Areas of Life?
Along with the ultimate adventure of getting to know and follow God, adventure can be needed in any little area of our lives including:
- to have more thriving relationships–with friends, a spouse, kids, or a new special someone if we are single
- to have more fun and variety in our lives, whether that’s in our daily meals, our routines at home or work, or in the activities we do in the evening
- to “try out” an interest we have, whether a hobby or new career direction
- to do something really “out of the ordinary”, whether that’s taking a trip, celebrating a holiday in a really different way, or setting a fun new goal for ourselves
- to really make a difference in people’s lives, whether they live in our house or on the other side of the world or both
So as you can see, adventure can be in the little or big things we do that can add more fun and excitement to our lives, but also in the meaningful decisions we make about our life purpose.
So in your quest for adventure, I hope you’ll have lots of fun with it and do some things “just because” (fun can be good for your soul).
But I also hope most of all that you will think about how your whole life can be an adventure in following God in the things He’s put in your heart.
So what little or big dreams do you have for your life that are laying dormant?
What issues or problems in this world tug at your heart?
What are you good at that you could use to make a difference?
Prayer and Baby Steps
The secret to a life of adventure is not to do every little idea that comes cross your path, but to prayerfully ask God what he would like you to do and then– when you are reasonably certain– to take a step forward and see what happens.
Take those steps of faith and see where He leads next.
Because getting to know and follow Jesus is really the most amazing adventure you can have… and it will leave you totally fulfilled at the end of your days.
Want to join us this May 2017 in creating some goals for adding (or planning for) more adventure in your life–whether big or small?
Read this post about the free “Loving My Actual Life” Monthly Challenges and then click “I’m In” and you’ll get an e-mail with a link to resources and questions to help you think about what adventures you need–big or little.
These challenges are based on the book with the same name by Alexandra Kuykendall. It’s free to join, and I’d love to have you along.
By the way….
I love helping people grow in their relationship with God as well as discern what steps God would have them take next in their own life.
If you are interested in adding more adventure in your life and taking some steps towards a thriving personal life, relationships, and/or calling, I’d like to help you.**
Book your free 20 -minute Discovery Session here and we can talk about your needs and how life coaching might help you. (All my coaching sessions are over the phone, Skype, or a similar technology, so you don’t have to live nearby.) I look forward to hearing from you!
**Participants in the “Loving My Actual Life” Monthly Challenges (whatever month or months they choose), get a big discount on coaching packages. Ask me about this by e-mail or in your Discovery Session.