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“This is the Great Adventure” March 11, 2008

One of my favorite memories from Seminary is the Chapel service which featured Steven Curtis Chapman.  I think he was expecting a somber seminary atmosphere but it was a room filled with ex-youth group fanatics who grew up on his cheesy theology-lite lyrics.  He played all the old faves and it was awesome.  This has nothing to do with this post other than that it is the impetus for the title to the post.  Moving on…

My original purpose for this blog was to somehow articulate to the blogosphere the adventure of following Christ.  Truly I can’t imagine anything more adventurous and exciting than giving your unwavering “yes” to a God who has the history of moving in and through humanity like we find in the Bible. 

What adventure compares to the uncertainty, danger, and thrilling nature of such a life lived in the service of God and others? 

Parasailing?  Rappeling?  

In the past two weeks I have experienced the “adventure” of disruption.  Both of our worship services have been utterly disrupted and thrown into chaos by any number of untold forces.  My weekly schedule has been disrupted by all sort of meetings and happenings.  Life has just been disrupted.  I have not accomplished many of the things I have wanted to get done. 

But it has been an incredible two weeks.  Fellowship’s worship services, conversations, Bible studies, phone calls, magazine articles, chance encounters, lunches, coffee, books, all have been used of God to remind me of the adventure of pastoring and following Christ.  To remind me of the nebulous, uncertain, precarious nature of the life lived conforming to Christ. 

Here is a wonderful series of quotes from an article I read today in Discipleship Journal by David W. Henderson entitled, “Let the Adventure Begin:  God is always near and ever up to something.”

“God delights to disrupt us so that we will learn to rely, once again, not on our predictable circumstances, nor on our own safe management of things, but on Him.  Him alone.

disruption exposes our idols.  Disruption reveals our needs.  Disruption stimulates our growth.  Disruption helps us not to take gifts for granted.  Disruption leads us to consider old things in new ways.  Disruption reminds us that there is only one sure thing. 

No wonder God delights to disrut us.  In disruption, He can give us more of Himself.”

“What do we lose when we say yes to God?  Independance, safety, predictability, comfort, control.  What do we gain?  Him plus untold measures of joy.  And how grateful, how very grateful, we will be.”

And in conclusion, I leave you with the immortal words of SCC,

“Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure

Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for”

Saddle up your horses friends.  We’ve got a trail to blaze. 


2 Responses to ““This is the Great Adventure””

  1. kevintessa Says:

    It is a great place to be – in a state of disruption. Good post.

  2. mallory Says:

    wow. I hadn’t read your blog in a while but this is an affirming message for me personally – a great reminder and “strengths perspective” on life if you will (gotta work that social work language in).

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