God's Man | A Life of Adventure...

You can learn a lot from your children.  I know most parents would agree with that.  Even if you don't have any kids, you have probably learned something from watching them.

Today's lesson came from my youngest daughter, who is 10 months.  I was watching her play in our new basement.  It was just the two of us, as Mommy and Big Sis were out.  As she went from one corner of the room to the other I got a sense that she was on the grandest of adventure.  Now our basement is no toy laden paradise.  We are still unpacking and their are boxes and piles.  None of that mattered.  You could see that she was having the best time.  Around every corner was a new discovery.  Every pile was a mountain and a every box was full of treasure.  And amidst it all was her Dad who was smiling and taking it all in.   She even came over to me a few times.

So where am I going with this?  Other than to tell you about the best 10 month old on the planet I wanted to share that God called us to a life of adventure.  Yes, adventure.  You need to open your eyes and see everything in your life as an adventure.  We need to get out of our ruts.  Out of our funks.  Out of the reliance on our own knowledge and strength.  This week I came across this post over at Character Corner,

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked pensively.
"You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

Are you tired of being stuck.  Are you tired of asking the question, "Is this all there is?"  Are you ready to embrace a life of adventure?

Hezekiah put his whole trust in the God of Israel. There was no king quite like him, either before or after. He held fast to God—never loosened his grip—and obeyed to the letter everything God had commanded Moses. And God, for his part, held fast to him through all his adventures. - 1 Kings 18:5-6

Hezekiah knew God and put his whole trust in Him.  When we do that there is nothing that we cannot do!  I know that this is a scary proposition.  It is hard to trust in something.  Our only real experience is  when we trust in other people.  Inevitably things go wrong and we end up hurt.  We transfer that into our walk with God.  We say we trust Him but we do things in our own strength and with our own knowledge.  Take a look at this exchange between Christ and the young rich man.

Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?

"Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One
who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.

"Which ones?" the man inquired.

Jesus replied, " 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'

"All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?

Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth. - Matthew 19:16-22

Jesus was offering this man the grandest of all adventures, however he was still stuck in the normal everyday things.  He couldn't see past the risks.

But there is nothing of value that doesn't have risk.  Nothing!

There is more to come but the babies are in bed, and I must spend time with my bride.

-God's Man

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