What is adventure to you? I looked up the definition and essentially it involves movement; of going beyond where you currently are physically, or mentally, of taking risks. For Frodo in “Lord of the Rings” it meant leaving the safety of the shire to go where he knew not. I really like this quote about adventure by the inspirational Helen Keller who was both blind and death:
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”
I can’t claim any great explorations or deeds but 60@60 reinforced that it is easy to get into a rut and not try new things. I am by nature a maintainer of the existing rather than a visionary. So 60@60 forced me to dream bigger dreams, try new things and push myself to achieve them. And it also helped to bring out that it’s not all about the destination but enjoying the journey. And it’s never too late to start! Where is the end of (or start of) the rainbow for you?!
Too often as a Christian it’s easy to communicate that following Jesus is all about believing correctly and doing the right things. And right thinking and actions are important. But fundamentally the Christian life has adventure written into it’s DNA. The first disciples were taken on a roller coaster journey by Jesus during his life then after his death and Resurrection the Holy Spirit took them places they never thought they would go. Adventure is written into the DNA of the persecuted church too. I heard a deaf pastor in Central Asia tell of how he took extraordinary risks to get the Bible into hard to access places. And of travelling across roadless wolf covered wilderness to reach and support an isolated blind and deaf woman. I heard an urban, middle aged Vietnamese woman tell of stories of hours on muddy tracks on the back of a motorbike to reach a remote village in the mountains with no facilities and suspicious police where women desperately needed encouragement. As the old song says “it’s an adventure following Jesus”. An adventure with a purpose but definitely not risk free, especially for persecuted Christians. 60@60 is all about supporting brave women and men who step out for their faith.
May your life be one of purposeful adventure too.