Five Ways to Know It’s Time to Pursue a New Adventure

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Back in 2013, I had inquired about whether or not our church offered a men’s life group. I wasn’t looking for another Bible study, but rather to join in with a core group of men who are passionately pursuing God and their life callings. Unfortunately, our church had no such established group. In passing, I mentioned to one of the staff an interest in the possibility of starting such a gathering.

As life shifted gears over the last year with the birth of our son, the idea ended up just being that – an idea. It sat on the shelf and collected dust, as I was already doing all I could just to survive.

Fast forward to last month, and one of our ministers reached out to me and stated his desire for me to lead a men’s fraternity group. He handed me a copy of the DVD series The Great Adventure by Robert Lewis and asked me to check it out.

After watching the first session, I couldn’t believe how much the series aligned with my heart of helping others pursue their God-given callings and live a life of adventure.

Then I started pondering the potential negatives:

“What if no one comes?” “What if I’m not interesting enough to lead this?” “What if I am out of town a couple of weeks?” “What if I don’t know enough about the subject matter?”

I eventually realized that my excuses were the enemy’s usual scare tactics. It’s an old playbook designed to make me run away from a challenge. Yet, the time had come to take on this new, God-given adventure and commit to leading the group that I had always desired to exist.

So, I emailed our education pastor and made the commitment to lead the men’s group. In February, I will be leading a group of men who come together to discover the great adventure that awaits them. Sure, it’s still a bit scary, but the time has come to move into a new season of adventure.

What about you? How do you know whether to pursue a new adventure or not? Here are five ways to know it’s time to pursue a new adventure:

1. When the opportunity aligns with your heart. The next time a new adventure presents itself, ask the question, “Does this opportunity align with who I am, and does it make my heart come alive?”

2. When you sense God’s leading. Not all adventures are God-given, but I would err on the side of giving an idea a shot.

3. When your life has grown complacent. When our hearts become stale, we simply need a change of scenery and a challenge to reignite our purpose.

4. When you start questioning your credentials. “I’m not ______ enough.” (fill in the blank) Consider Moses. He certainly questioned God’s choice and thought of himself too poor a speaker to have an meaningful impact. It turns out all he managed to do was lead the Israelites out of slavery and scribble down ten laws on stone.

5. When you don’t know the outcome. As with any new adventure, we won’t know how the story turns out until the end.  If we know the outcome in advance, then it’s not much of an adventure.

What new adventures have you engaged in recently? What other ways do you know when it’s time to pursue a new adventure?

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  • Thomas Mason

    Man, I wish I lived closer to the eastern shore. I would jump at the chance to be in your group. Major bummer. I can relate to your points three and five. My current circumstances has forced me to stop being complacent and pursue the adventure of finding new employment. And I certainly don’t have a clue as to the outcome of this adventure. But I will pursue in full force the challenge in the coming days and weeks.

    I lead a group at one time and I was so afraid I would mess it up. Good fortune as you lead your group and I’m sure you’ll grow immeasurably because of it.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Yeah, it would be great to have you, but that would be quite a commute. :) You are definitely in the midst of a major adventure. Point #6 should be that we are sometimes thrust into unexpected adventures that may not be of our choosing, but they certainly test our resolve and reliance upon God. May God bless and guide you on this journey you are on. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.

      • Thomas Mason

        Thanks, Chris.

  • http://www.lifeofasteward.com Loren Pinilis

    I think a major factor also is how it will help others and bring glory to God. When we can see that our new adventure would accomplish that, then we can proceed forward with a lot more boldness.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      So true, Loren. The world often views adventure in terms of “self-actualization,” but the real adventure is found on the spiritual battlefields.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Fantastic post Chris! Your a great example of a person taking the initiative to influence others. I’ve found if a project, task, or role allows me to be living my purpose, allows me to use my strengths, and fuels my passions it’s worth pursing.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Thanks so much, Dan. I appreciate your kind remarks. The ideas you mention above are excellent indicators, which is why it’s so important for us to gain insight into and understand those aspects about ourselves. You have done a great job at studying and recognizing those qualities in your own life.

      • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

        Glad to comment. Thank you for the kinds words.

  • http://www.struggletovictory.com/ Kari Scare

    Great tips, Chris! I’ve found them to be true for sure. Sent this to my husband (he’s a VP out sales and marketing) because of some struggles he’s having at work. Fits across the board for sure.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Hey, thanks Kari! I am glad you found it helpful for your husband’s circumstances. I hope new adventures await.

  • http://www.fatherofone.com/ Michael Wright

    What an awesome opportunity, Chris! I know this aligns with your heart to a “T”. Yes, I believe you know you’re in the right spot when the enemy attacks something that is dear to your heart. Or brings up past items that are similar. This is Kingdom Work my man – you are right where you need to be. I have never heard of The Great Adventure before, but it sounds great.

    I had a mens group 10 years ago and every week I would judge my leadership by the attendance or input the men gave me. It can’t be that way – just showing up will be 80% of it Chris. You make a stand that you will be there and people will come when they know you’re genuine about it. Ironically, I put my name in the hat to host a small band of brothers in January as well.

    All the best!

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Michael, thanks for your encouragement, my friend. And you’re exactly right – there will be an ongoing temptation to look to numbers and participation as indicators of success/failure. It’s something I battle with writing, too. But it’s a great reminder that our success if not found in the world’s response, but whether we are being faithful to God’s calling on our lives.

      That’s awesome that you are also looking to host a band of brothers in January. Do you know what material you may be using? I wish you well, and I look forward to hearing about what God does through your group!

      • http://www.fatherofone.com/ Michael Wright

        We will be viewing the Wild at Heart DVD series if enough of the men haven’t gone through that already. This group will consist of men that have gone through a “bootcamp” already, so they will be already grounded somewhat in the material.

        • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

          That sounds incredible. It’s always great to connect with like-minded folks like this. I know it will be a powerful study and discussion.

  • http://jeremy.d.riley.com/ Jeremy Riley

    Point 5 rings true with me, that’s my current role planting a nonprofit in San Francisco. The thing is that you never know if it’ll stick or not, but like any great adventure, sometimes we have to go through the dark forests and battle dragons in order to see how it turns out.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Exactly Jeremy. Sometimes adventures don’t work out the way we would like, but the experience is often preparation for the next unexpected adventure. We may not even realize it until years later.