- Ada, Oklahoma

April 9, 2014

How Is Your Adventure Going?

Dr. Jerry N. Duncan Guest Columnist

Ada — I love Steven Curtis Chapman’s music, at least, most of it. Before my last trip to Romania, I recorded some favorite tunes from different artists that spoke something I needed for the trip. The words to his song, "The Great Adventure" were perfect for me.

   I was looking for something to help me think in healthy ways when trials came along. Trials and difficulties always do occur on missions trips to foreign countries, I guess. Is it because we are doing a significant work and the enemy wants to thwart it with discouragement, or is it just the natural consequence of being in unfamiliar territory? I am not sure, maybe a little bit of both.

   The words of this song talk about starting a day “in the usual way, getting thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today. Another time around the circle…” Then he picks up his Bible “and I read about me…It said I’d been a prisoner and God’s Grace had set me free. And somewhere between the pages it hit me like a lightning bolt. I saw a big frontier in front of me and I heard somebody say, ‘Come on, let’s go!’”

   What a calling! And we all have it. We each have a particular and important reason for being alive one more day. God has more than one person, every day, that He is determined to use us with if we are willing to see with the eyes He is more than willing to give us, and if we act with the courage He is also willing to provide for us if we will just ask. What an adventure!

It is important to realize that we do have some choices to make.

This adventure is what we were created for. The song goes on to say, “We’ll travel over mountains so high. We’ll go through valleys below.  Still through it all we’ll find that…This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see. The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams.”

   What if we decided that our lives really did have meaning and purpose? What if it is true that if we are willing to see the good and bad of our lives as an adventure that “the love of God would take us far beyond our wildest dreams?” And what if this is a great journey for our human hearts? Do we want to miss it? We can miss it if we just take “another time around the circle” or let the thoughts inside our heads crowd out what God wants us to do this day.

  It is important to realize that we do have some choices to make. We do not always get to decide what circumstances happen to us, but we always get to decide how we want to think about those circumstances. And it is how we think that will determine how we feel.

   Do we decide to listen to God when we are making our plans? Do we decide to listen to God when He provides opportunities to be used by Him in practical ways in other people’s lives? Do we consider it all a Great Adventure?