Only You – The Adventure of You

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The Adventure of You is the title of the series that Lead Pastor Ben Snyder talked about again this past weekend. Throughout this series, my mind has been focused on two words in the title, “adventure” and “you.” This weekend’s message really made me realize the importance of the second big word, “you.”

The truth is that the adventure of you only starts if you step into it. Additionally, that adventure only lives on if you continue to ask God what’s next and continue to seek the next chapter in the adventure he has planned. If you think your story is insignificant or that God doesn’t have a plan for you, consider this.  If he had a plan for a Christian persecutor like Paul, he has a plan for you.

I was raised in a good, strong Christian home. I grew up in an Evangelical United Brethren church. I can’t remember a moment in my life when I did not believe in Jesus and what he did for me. I first accepted him into my life at age ten. I’d like to say that is when my adventure started, but it wasn’t. Even though I professed to be a Christian, there are many times in my life I did not live like one. Yes, I had brief adventures in church where I helped teach Sunday School or volunteered in areas or worked with the Youth Group, but mostly I was just going through the motions. I never experienced the ingredients that make for a great adventure—uncovering, challenging, clarifying, and achieving.

I was only focused on achieving what I thought was the “Christian” thing to do. Since attending CedarCreek, I can honestly say, even at age 67, my eyes are much more open to the story God has written for my life. I have started living the true life-changing adventure he has planned for me. I am in the middle of my adventure, where I have been through GrowthTrack (uncovering my purpose), challenging myself by publicly announcing my faith through baptism, joining some groups, and writing for LIO. I am now clarifying what is best that only I can do.

When you start an adventure, it is easy to get caught up in wanting to do it all. I’m going to lead this, and help with that. I’m going to be everything for everyone. This can lead you away from the true purpose and calling that God has planned for you. That is when you need to sharpen your “no.” You need to take time to clarify best what only you can do. When you do this, it may mean you have to say no to some things that may be good and just, but may also distract you from God’s plan in your adventure. Every yes is a no to something else, so give yourself permission to say no to the things that sidetrack you from your planned adventure.

How do we know when to say no? Take the time to listen to God’s voice, that little internal whisper, that gut feeling, so to speak. How do you know you are on the right track in your adventure? When you begin to experience life changes in yourself and those around you, your greatest accomplishment might not be what you do, but rather who you influence. Whatever your calling, it is important to do best that which only you can do, and say no to what may distract you from accomplishing it.

Ephesians 2:10
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Questions:
Have you truly stepped into your adventure story?

Do you believe God has an adventure planned for you? He does!

Do you feel like your story is too insignificant to share? It’s not!

Next Steps:
If you haven’t done so, go through GrowthTrack to help you define your purpose.

Remember, you must step into your adventure. God is calling.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, thank you for the open invitation of a life-changing experience with you. Help me to seek and understand the adventure you are calling me into and to take the time to experience all the ingredients of that adventure. Help me to uncover my purpose, accept the challenges I will face, clarify what only I can do best, and sharpen my “no” to things that may distract me from my purpose, so that I may achieve all that your life-changing adventure has planned for me. Thank you, Father, that my story is significant no matter how great or small. Please give me the courage to share it with others. In your holy name I pray, amen.


This post was written by Ned Miller, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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2 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    I accepted Jesus as a youngster, and wavered in and out of my God given purpose many times in my life. When I’m living in my purpose I have peace, even in difficult circumstances. Whenever I’m not living my purpose, I have a deep nagging or maybe it’s a yearning to return to my Father’s will for me. I’ve become way more attuned the older I get. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to reflect today Ned!

  2. Lauri S White
    Lauri S White says:

    Hi Ned! It was great to meet you last night! Your post is very well written! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Lauri

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