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?

How to Live Each Day as an Adventure

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

At some point in between building magnificent cities with Legos and playing a little hide-and-go-seek with the neighborhood kids, a well-meaning adult or more likely dozens of grown-ups posed the aforementioned question to us.

If we had not felt the subtle and not-so-subtle push to move past childish things, maybe we should have responded by asking a similar question:

“What made you come alive when you were just a kid?”

Instead, most of us have been in such a rush to find the end game of what we’re supposed to do when we “grow up” that we have forgotten our first loves.

You know, catching fireflies in the backyard and making them our glass-jar pets for two days until they died from grass poisoning and a lack of oxygen. Playing sandlot baseball, where I usually wanted to be both the umpire and the catcher because both got to wear an awesome mask for a whole nine innings. Exploring the narrow path in the woods, hoping it would lead to buried treasure or at least some really cool, yet-to-be discovered hideaway where you could claim to be the first English settler.

Why do we shove aside what we once loved (and probably still love) to do because we think we will find happiness in ONE career? Why not live each day as an adventure?

Take a moment and ask yourself, “What made me come alive as a child? What things did I do when time just seemed to disappear?”

Adventure doesn’t have to take a back seat to “being responsible.” In fact, it’s irresponsible to not spend time doing what you love.

Consider implementing some of the following ideas to add adventure to your daily life and rekindle those past loves:

– If you are an outdoorsman, regularly seek out new trails and parks. Find a new spot to watch the sunset.

– Make it your quest to regularly discover an out-of-the-way restaurant, coffee shop, or ice cream shop (no chains allowed).

– Drive down a new road and get lost on purpose.

– Go geocaching and look for the hidden treasure.

– Take a day trip to a nearby local town or city without a preconceived agenda.

– Take a class doing something you loved as a child – music, art, photography, etc.

– Go on a photo safari in a city or in nature.

It is a conscious choice to live each day as an adventure, and when you make the choice, adventure can be found everywhere you go.

What ways do you make each day your own adventure?

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