Currently, I am reading ‘Wide Awake’ by Erwin McManus…by far my favorite author. He calls himself a cultural architect. I love that! He is a dominating voice in the realm of creative Christian thinkers today. In this book, McManus serves up a challenge to his audience…a challenge to live ‘a heroic life, void of monotony, teeming with danger, adventure, and the unknown.’ He suggests that when we stop exploring, we stop learning, thus ceasing to be fully used by God.
My wife and I share a friend (one of her co-workers) that is currently exploring a new adventure in her life. She’s been very open about this opportunity being a bit scary, but the possibilities of the unknown are exhilarating enough to out-weigh the risks. She’s willing to allow God to lay flesh upon her dreams! Here’s her blog if you would like to read more about her current adventure.
What about you? God created you to be like Jesus…to be a hero to humanity…to be a dreamer fueled by God’s vision. Did you wake up this morning on fire and ready to tackle any challenge the day has in store for you? Or are you comfortable? Are you in need of an adventure, but frightened of what it might be? Think for a moment. What if Moses wasn’t curious enough to check out what God intended to do with him? What if Noah wasn’t willing to be known as the village idiot while building the Ark? And what if we didn’t have Peter’s childlike faith to learn from?
In a couple of months our church will be saying ‘farewell’ to an entire family who are living Wide Awake. Their adventure will be in Bulgaria. That’s right…Bulgaria! God marked out a course in the GPS of their lives and they have not pressed ‘reroute.’ They are willing to become uncomfortable in the NOW in order to make a difference in TOMORROW. Here’s their blog. Check out how God is using them to become heroes in a foreign land.
Can God use you today? Absolutely! Will you allow Him? That, my friend, is entirely up to you. I know this because I am also personally seeking out what God has in store for me next. The timing is of little importance compared to simply making a move in the direction of possibility. Before posting this blog today, I made my move. What will be yours?
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26 (ESV)