Well . . . today begins the first day of the Great Adventure for myself, my wife and my family. Last Thursday was my last official day at a job I’ve held for almost exactly ten years. (Plus, I took the weekend off.) My wife has been a stay-at-home mom for almost exactly two years. Yes kids, this means at the end of next week, we officially no longer have any source of income to draw on for the household.
Why, you may ask?
I blame Francis Chan.
If I hadn’t read “Crazy Love”, I wouldn’t have thought that I could, and should, be relying on God much, much, much more than I am now; both for the purpose and passion for which I am formed, and for the promises that he has given in his Word:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
10The young lions lack food and suffer hunger, but they who seek (inquire of and require) the Lord [by right of their need and on the authority of His Word], none of them shall lack any beneficial thing.
Luke 16:9, 11-12
New Life Version (NLV)
9 “I tell you, make friends for yourselves by using the riches of the world that are so often used in wrong ways. So when riches are a thing of the past, friends may receive you into a home that will be forever . . . . 11 If you have not been faithful with riches of this world, who will trust you with true riches? 12 If you have not been faithful in that which belongs to another person, who will give you things to have as your own?
And of course, the old stand-by:
Matthew 6:25-27, 31-34
New Living Translation (NLT)
25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? . . .
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Also to blame is John Eldredge, maybe Jon Acuff and even a little Randy Bohlender. In fact, pretty much everything I’ve been reading lately, discussions I’ve been having with friends, family and our home group–even a lot of the music I’ve been listening to–have been pointing me towards the desire to do something with my life that has meaning and purpose; something for which I am passionate about, and made for.
Eldredge asks, “What is it that makes you come alive?”
Acuff says, “Too many people are searching to find a passion, to find out what they want to do with their lives. You already have a passion. You already know what you’re good at; what holds your interest; what gets you excited. Maybe that is what you should be doing!”
Bohlender says (in quoting the movie, “We Bought a Zoo”), “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
Skillet says, “Tomorrow may be One Day Too Late” (GREAT song!!)
The world will say, “What happens if you’re wrong? What happens when you can’t find a job, you run out of your savings and end up living under a bridge?”
Good question. Still, even if I’m wrong, I have to believe in the promises of God. After all, what’s God going to say? “Oops?” Or, “Guess I wasn’t watching there when you were going through all that. Sorry!”
As I’ve said before, the decision I’ve come to is: You either have faith or you don’t; You have trust, or you don’t: you either believe in Him, or you don’t. There is no sliding scale. And, by proxy, you either believe His promises to his followers . . . or you don’t.
Sometimes you don’t know what you’ve got with God until God is all you’ve got.
The Great Adventure
Started out this morning in the usual way
Chasing thoughts inside my head of all I had to do today
Another time around the circle try to make it better than the last
I opened up the Bible and I read about me
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 “let’s go”!
Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure
~Steven Curtis Chapman “The Great Adventure”
P.S.: If you want an interesting peek into my journey on the path that led me here, read my post from Oct. 1st: “Dear God, I’m Tired of Growing” then re-read this one. I was blown away. And I wrote ’em!