Monday, January 5, 2015

2015: Join the Adventure

"The road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the road has gone,
And I must follow if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet.
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say."
- Bilbo Baggins, Lord of the Rings - (J.R.R. Tolkien)

I love The Lord of the Rings...and all things Middle-Earth. These stories have captured my attention and imagination from the time I was in Junior High until the present. The poem above appears in a few different forms - this one is found in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" as Bilbo is setting out for Rivendell to finish writing his book. Why am I writing about it on this blog?

I think it touches on something in a lot of us. There is, maybe in all of us, a tension between our desire for security and our longing for adventure. We want least I do. I want at the same time to have a secure and safe life, while also living a life of adventure.

I find it ironic that if we're willing to re-define our definition of security and adventure, then God will happily deliver both of them to us.

Security: God's given us the ultimate security in the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, which has purchased for us new life in Him. This can never be taken.

Adventure: Living for Christ has to be the ultimate adventure, as long as you're willing to live for Him. Think about it...what makes a great adventure?
- A vision for something bigger then yourself, (check)
- An obstacle that you have to overcome, (check)
- A reward at the end that makes it all worthwhile, (check)
- A supernatural power that you can tap into when things really get dicey, (check)
- A ring you can put on and disappear whenever you want, (well, ok, we don't get that one).

God has not just called us to "be saved" and then sit around until heaven. He has invited us into something adventure with huge stakes. The moment you put your trust in Jesus and commit to follow Him, you join this story, only its real.

- You join the vision for saving the world.
- You face a power that opposes you at every turn, (but one that is in your power, through Him, to overcome).
- You are promised a reward greater than anything you can dream or imagine.
- You gain the ultimate trump card in your fight, the power of Christ In you.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

What do you say? Ready to jump back into the story? My Prayer: "God, stir my heart, inspire me to live for You. Awaken in me to the reality of the life You have given, and call me to a higher vision. May I live for You. Amen."

I leave you with one of my other favorite quotes from LOTR;

"Courage is found in unlikely of good hope."

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