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The Great Adventure … Life

Your alarm goes off. It’s time to start another day. It feels like you just put put your head on the pillow. Time disappeared. It’s as if the 6 hours you called last night’s sleep really was 6 minutes.

You’re in the room waiting for the doctor. It seems to take forever. Time has slowed down. 10 minutes seem like a lifetime.

The movie was fantastic. Action, adventure, comical moments … it made time move fast. What a great 109 minutes. Let’s watch it again

In reality, time is constant. It’s our perception, our feelings as we travel in this time we are given. So looking at 2020, it may seem like the longest year, like we would never get through it … or like it zipped by like a runaway freight train. Maybe parts of both.

Life is filled with moments that string together … moments filled with sadness and joys, with hurts and conquests, with boredom and exhilaration. Maybe your moments are like a roller coaster – up, down, great drops, upside down moments, hands up and screams heard, and hold on for dear life. Or, maybe it’s a long stroll through flowering meadows with butterflies landing on your shoulders.

Don’t waste the moments God has given you. Redeem the time. Put it to use. Less TV, more books. Less social media, more social interaction. Less worry, more bold steps of faith.

I don’t even know how to really approach this new year except to see it as part of this great adventure God has given us. More time on this great journey. And yes, it may be scary, it may be filled with the unknown, and it may be a struggle.

But also see the potential joys, the deeper relationships, the new experiences of God showing His greatness in the most unusual and unexpected ways.

Life is a great adventure. The time we have is precious. Don’t waste it.

I ended 2020 with a challenge, a final word … LOVE

Let me start 2021 with another word … LIVE.

  • Live life to the fullest. Try something new this week – food, place, experience.
  • Live with zeal and anticipation. Do something spontaneous and off the beaten path.
  • Live with gratitude for each moment God gives you, each experience you have, each person you know. Write letters to tell people how grateful you are of them.
  • Live it with others. Spend time with those around you, do not face life alone but as part of a family (blood is only one type of family.)
  • Live boldly. Take a chance on something that scares you. Trust God
  • Live the adventure God has for you.
  • Live.

In 2021 … let’s love, let’s live.

Life! What a great adventure.

Forget Playing It Safe – Let’s Get Dangerous

Often my prayers are safe and mild. They can be comforting little ramblings that insanely fall into a routine. They can be like a football team going to their bread and butter plays of hike, run, repeat. But those prayers don’t tap into of the greatness of God, the power of the presence of the Creator of everything, or the splendor of the Spirit who gifts and enables us.

Do we really want safe and simple? Or do we long for adventure, heroic actions, daring exploits, and legendary epics to fill our lives? I mean, look at the movies that make it big … Top Gun (can you hear Danger Zone in your head?), James Bond, Star Wars, etc.

And the classic, Joe Versus the Volcano. The ordinary drone worker that wanted an adventure and found it – and romance – and great luggage – all within a 100 minutes of film.

If this is what you desire, start with your prayer life. We are shown we can come boldly, confidently before the King of kings. We can approach Him without fear or reservation. But be warned, it is scary … not scary in that He will zap you, but that He will awaken us to a life that is dangerous and daring. It starts with letting a Him break you of you. Getting your fears, your laziness, your hang ups, and your pride out of the way.

King David cried out …

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:23-24 ESV‬‬

Praying this dangerous prayer can open a channel of communication to God. Instead of simply asking God to do something for you, ask him to reveal something in you. This moment of truth with God may not change you instantly, but it will help you to recognize your spiritual need and redirect your life.

Craig Groeschel, Dangerous Prayers

And once redirected, once you are walking in the path of peace, power, and everlasting purpose – that’s when the real excitement begins. Dangerous prayers can lead to a daring life of purpose and power. Are you ready for that? Then pray with me …

Search me, O God!

Coffee at BuzzBrews

Moving to Appomattox from Dallas has its advantages. As I got back to Dallas, I already want to get back to the traffic of central VA – I will roll slowly behind an Amish buggy as long as needed if I don’t have to pay toll and wait in a parked ‘expressway’.

But …

I do miss the coffee spots that are 24 hours, the 100 year old El Fenix, and being close to my son. Oh, I guess being close to his soon to be bride as well.

PegLeg at BuzzBrews with Black Magic coffee

This adventure to Dallas has a purpose. Our only son is getting married. And we need adventures in our lives. Walking along the shore at sunrise, hiking to the peak of a mountain you’ve never been on before, escaping into a great work of literature, discovering new (to me at least) truths from digging into the Bible.

But marriage – what a great adventure. As I ponder our son’s big day, I asked my wife if she would do it all again … with me. She said yes (good start) … then I asked with the same enthusiasm. She didn’t answer so quick. I’ll stick with the first question as the victory.

I love this adventure we are on – but all adventures take work. So I will continue to work on this great adventure with her.

Top of Hump Back Rock in Va

For today – she wanted the coffee and oatmeal from BuzzBrews in Downtown Dallas – and I try to give my babe what she wants. Okay, I wanted it too.

Lisa at the BuzzBrew Coffee bar – she choose Texas Maple Pecan brew

Don’t stop taking on adventures. And if you’re married, enjoy that adventure too.

Calvin – you’re getting ready to take that great step into a lifetime of adventure – treasure it, treasure her.

To every reader – Have some coffee today and enjoy the adventure people.