30 Days of Thanksgiving – Day 19 – Adventure

Day 19 – Adventure

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.”
–Gil Bailie

“Suddenly my life up till that point made sense in a sickening sort of way; I realized I was living a script written for me by someone else.”
–John Eldredge, Wild at Heart

That picture takes me back to the crest of a thrilling memory–dare-devilishly snowboarding into The Orcs double-black diamond bowl at Monarch Mountain, Colorado. But let’s get this out in the open–you don’t have to live in Colorado to experience adventure.
Unless it’s your full-time job, those adventures–mountain climbs, fly-fishing, snowboarding, fill in the blank–are all short-lived. Fun? Definitely. But then you head back to the real world.

Sure, fill up a little time with vacations and exciting excursions…getaways provide healthy rest and recreation, I’m all for it (and I need those too). And small adventures tend to awaken something inside, but the trips rarely last more than a day or two, let alone a full week.

The door to Narnia slams shut, and we mope around reality for the next several months, consumed with returning to the magic wardrobe. What to do?

Out of my own experience and discussing with many others, I’ve found only one way to overcome a life of boredom and disappointment. I didn’t say easy, but I believe it guarantees a lifetime of adventure–it has for me:

Don’t live within the lines of someone else’s script–you already have a leading role in a much larger story.

“The place where God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
–Frederick Buechner

Notice “and the world’s deep hunger”. Real adventure requires us to offer our “deep gladness”, something near and dear to us, for the benefit of others. 

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