I love my devotions. They always seem to speak to me at the right times. But there is one I love more than most and each year when I get to it, I am excited as though I am reading it for the first time. Its date is February 13 and is written in Lucado’s Grace for the Moment. (There are different versions, so don’t be discouraged if it isn’t in yours). But here it is:
The Voice of Adventure
“Those who try to keep their lives will lose them. But those who give up their lives will save them.” Luke 17:33
There is a rawness and a wonder to life. Pursue it. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it. Don’t listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won’t feel guilty. Your goal is not to live long; it is to live.
Jesus says the options are clear. On one side there is the voice of safety. You can build a fire in the hearth, stay inside, and stay warm and dry and safe . . .
Or you can hear the voice of adventure – God’s adventure. Instead of building a fire in your hearth, build a fire in your heart. Follow God’s impulses. Adopt the child. Move overseas. Teach the class. Change careers. Run for office. Make a difference. Sure it isn’t safe, but what is?
Life is an adventure. And like the devotion says, our goal is not to live long but to live.
Are you living an adventurous life, or are you sitting by the fire, safe and warm, feeling bored and unfulfilled?