The Adventure Advantage

In the early 1900s, the following advertisement once appeared in a London newspaper:

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful.”

The ad was signed by Sir Ernest Shackleton, the famous Antarctic explorer. Amazingly, the ad drew thousands of respondents, eager to sacrifice everything for the sheer prospect of meaningful adventure.

Men and women are emboldened when a great cause is laid before them, when a dire need is waiting to be met, when a grave injustice needs rectified.  History has been changed by men and women like you and me who have simply risen to the occasion and answered the call to serve their generation.

It was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”

And so it is with you and me.  In the space between the bills that need paid, the kids’ practices and games, the college classes, the family, the groceries, the laundry, and the commute lies the desire for something more, something deeper, even exciting.  Something that demands from us more than we ever think we can give and that gives more than we could ever dream.

What we’re talking about here is something I call the Adventure Advantage.  It is what Jesus was referring to when He said in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  And what Paul felt in Philippians 3:12 when he said, “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

It is the understanding that you were created by a loving and wise God on purpose, Who made you the unique person you are on purpose, and Who has amazing plans for you that fulfill His purpose.  When one discovers the Adventure Advantage, all is seen in a new light, even little things take on whole new meaning, and each day is given new weight.

We’ll look more at the Adventure Advantage in future posts.

How have you discovered the advantage of Christ’s adventure in your life?

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