How do you look at your life? Do you know you are designed for adventures and action?
It is fascinating that since we have been small children we find adventures irresistibly attractive. We dream of adventures, we read about adventures, we see adventures, we identify with adventure characters. Perhaps we are designed for adventures? But what is actually an adventure?
Designed for adventures – meaning
The word „adventure“ comes from the Latin word “adventuras”, meaning something will happen, to happen, story, event, action, endeavor. The verb carries the meaning „arrive“ – for example, the word „Advent“ stems from this verb. Advent is the time of expectation and the preparation of the Nativity of Jesus.
The dictionaries give us the following definitions and meanings:
- Unusual, exciting and potentially dangerous activity or experience or the excitement resulting from such activity.
- Activity that involves danger or unknown risks.
- Excitement, desire and willingness to undertake new, unusual or risky things.
- Risky enterprise with unknown exit and outcome.
- Endeavor, experience, undertaking, chance, risk, time, enterprise, courage
- Event, adventure, accident, odyssey, change, mishap, incident.
Here is also the meaning of the verb:
- To expose oneself to danger or loss, to try
- Keep going, to continue despite risk
- To take a risk, to dare, to have the courage to
The antonym or the opposite of adventure is boredom.
Let’s dare to start the adventure
Do you have dreams and ideas that you have suppressed or constantly neglected? Do you feel that the thought of a particular undertaking, project, or activity has continued to chase you lately? Most likely you feel blocked by various fears, especially the fear of failure and loss, and a sense of insecurity and inadequacy.
Dare! Try it! Take the risk! Start the adventure! Believe that you are created for new, exciting activities and experiences. You are not created for boredom. You are designed for adventures and action. Stand firm with the power of God with full confidence that God has provided everything you need to fulfill your calling and purpose. And if you’ve already started, but something has stopped you, start again, do not give up! Remember that you have the strongest Helper who promises to support you in everything.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
DARE! TRY! START THE ADVENTURE!
The life of faith – adventure with God
Our longing for adventures is not an accident. This is what we are created for. Our life on this earth is a great adventure and journey. It contains all the elements of an adventurous story – a protagonist, villain (s), allies, incidents, betrayal, difficulties to overcome, discoveries. Climaxes are also present. And most important: through adventure, the protagonist experiences a metamorphosis. The adventure transforms him. He rediscovers himself and gets a new understanding of things.
God invites us to the greatest possible adventure – the life of faith. He gives us His Spirit as our Companion, Counselor, Comforter, Helper, Best Friend and Source of Power. The adventure is full of dangers, difficulties, unexpected turns, losses. It is unpredictable and risky. We learn that we have no control over the outcome and over the other characters. We are also learning to continue despite the risk and fear; not to surrender and to follow God with confidence in the places where He leads us.
When we say YES to God’s invitation and decide to take the risk of trusting Him, the adventure begins. Faith is the ticket that allows us to participate. The goal is to find the hidden treasure of Life, Truth, and Love. Adventure is a way of arriving and returning – to the true, eternal things, to God, to oneself and to the others.
Designed for adventures – the willingness
Are we ready for adventures and action? Can we resolve to expose ourselves to dangers and losses in order to fulfill the longings of our hearts? Are we ready for new, unusual and risky things?
Let’s dare and take the risk of faith, let’s not stop and do not give up despite the difficulties! God promises that the adventure and the way it ends will surpass our expectations. The main character of our personal story will be a thousand fold rewarded and compensated for everything experienced. Moreover, his little story will become part of the greatest love story, the story of the eternal God, and His unquenchable love for each one of us. This is the story of redemption and restoration.
The way is open and waiting
God’s will is to live truly and to trust Him in the LIFE adventure. He wants us to be successful in everything He has purposed. In Christ, He has already provided us with the necessary equipment, weapons, help, and means to successfully pass through every step to the end.
Let us not be afraid of the new and the unknown that lies before us. Because we are not alone. The way is open and waiting for us.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)
Do you long for adventures? What is the greatest adventure you have experienced up to now? What is the next adventure you feel God invites you to undertake? You are welcome to share and comment!