My cousin said, “We’re going skateboarding down Danger Hill.” My brothers and I were up for the challenge, but before long, I limped back to the house with a bloody knee, a chipped tooth, and a scratched-up pair of new glasses, all courtesy of a parked car. Not bad for my first trip to Washington, D.C. The nickname given to the street is the first indication of trouble to an adult, but kids only see the adventure that awaits them.
This weekend, Pastor Ben defined adventure this way.
Adventure: A bold undertaking, usually involving danger and unknown risks, that leads to exciting new experiences.
My adventurous nature continued through my adolescent years—up to the moment I had a fully developed frontal lobe. Some antics will remain unspoken, while others are looked back on with Kevin Harlan’s voice in my head saying, “with no regard for human life.” But something happened. I got older and lost my desire for the hero’s journey.
There was comfort in my complacency. Whenever fate suggested something more, I made excuses to hold onto my comfort. I hid from the idea of needing more, allowing others’ expectations of me to disqualify my capacity of God’s intended purpose. Years spent hesitating out of fear and a lack of self-worth kept me from jumping into God’s adventure.
That all changed when, as an adult, I reacquainted with a friend who became my wife, and together, we started the best adventure. I finally had the courage to continue the story God planned for me. I erased the fear of discomfort by leaving my job, getting married, becoming an instant father, and moving from Ohio to D.C. (the place of one of my favorite childhood adventures). Everything happened in less than five months!
Our new series teaches us to push past the voice in our heads that demands comfort and questions our capacity to get to the next step in our lives. Adventures aren’t easy, and sometimes, we need to step out in faith to get started. Eight moves and 13 years later, my wife’s and my adventure continues through our trust in God.
Read Luke 5:1-11. When do you see Peter step out of his comfort zone in this story?
What’s keeping you stagnant in your life, or what has kept you in the past? Are you ready to surrender to God? Do you know what God is asking you to do?
Stop making excuses for not growing in faith and life. Pray for guidance if you aren’t sure what’s next. Take GrowthTrack to help discover your purpose. Retake it if you’re stuck in a season of uncertainty.
God, thank you for keeping me safe when I was reckless with the trust you had in me. I pray that I continue to move forward with faith when the uncertainty of the present pulls me back. Remind me that great things may result from taking risks, and that I’m not alone should I stumble. Amen.
This post was written by Jaron Camp, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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