The Problem with Adventures

The problem with adventures is that when they are over, pieces of your heart are left behind. I left a piece of my heart with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I left a piece of my heart with the Billy Graham Library. I left a piece of my heart with each person God brought into my life. 

One thing from this summer that I know will never pass away is the relationships God orchestrated. I am in awe of the incredible gifts God has given me in relationships with interns, car moms, host families, leadership and mentors. I can’t wait until God brings us back together, wherever that might be.

All I have is wonder. Wonder that the summer is almost over, wonder that I had to say goodbye, wonder at the sufficiency of God, wonder that God would give me the privilege of being a part of His work and wonder that I get to continue to be a part, even as I come home.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21


Adventure Advice

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~ T.S. Elliot

What a quote!  This idea manifests everywhere!  Like the time you were camping for two weeks straight and you finally got back home to find your house, and especially your bed, completely new and wondrous.  Or, the time you spent months studying the subtleties of the ancient Greek in the New Testament, and then one day you read John 3:16 in English, just as you had seen it a thousand times, and the impossible love and grace of God suddenly struck you dumb.

This is life!  To explore, and learn, and create new – but is it not even more special to come back home after all of the exploring, learning, and creating and see the things we know best as we have never seen them before?

We need to remember this in our walk with the Lord.  As we grow and mature spiritually, God will take us ever deeper into the revelations of His character and His love for us – but the basics should always hold just as much wonder as they did when we first heard them.  The sacrifice of Jesus for my sin and your sin should always knock us flat on our backs.  We should never skim over it and say “oh yeah, I got that”.  We don’t have it, and we will never fully grasp it.  The unconditional love of God will always be awe-inspiring.

Never stop exploring, and let the things you explore illuminate the things you know – advice from one of the most talented poets and dedicated Christians of the 20th century.

adventure is out there