Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Great Adventure

The Great Adventure

I've been thinking an awful lot about the great adventures we had while in Ethiopia. Giving our lives away for the sake of the gospel was truly amazing... not to mention the incredible physical adventures - riding mules/hiking up a mountain!

How many people can say they have ridden a mule up the side of a mountain in northern Ethiopia?! Not many. Another friend did it in Honduras. And, can you imagines calling a travel agent and requesting this? What would this cost? Yet, we did it. We rode mules up THIS mounatain... for very little money. BONUS!

Just today I was speaking to someone regarding a pending mission trip to Guyana, South America. Part of that GREAT ADVENTURE is riding a glorified canoe with a motor up a jungle river 100 miles into the interior to a community called Black Water... all part of serving God's mission on earth. What would that adventure cost? Thousands!

I enjoy adventure... remote places. I've driven the autobaun in Germany, worked in 4 countries, etc. Fear of the unknown keeps So many people from experiencing the GREAT ADVENTURE of serving God... yes, life is hard... sometimes painful.... yet God is faithful through it all. He wants to adopt us into His family and take us on amazing journeys if we'll open up our hearts to Him.

What are you waiting on? Saddle up your horse (or mule) and get out of your comfort zone!

Two benefits to this kind of life is 1) Ethiopia is on a different calendar and 8 years behind us (it's 1998) 2) I lost 12 pounds running around doing this... so, be thinner and younger by serving God!

Check out these lyrics by Stephen Curtis Chapman:

The Great Adventure

Saddle up your horses

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

Come on get ready for the ride of your life

Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for



We'll travel over, over mountains so high
We'll go through valleys below
Still through it all we'll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams

Yeah... oh saddle up your horses... come on get ready to ride



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