What makes you come alive? Thats a great question. One of the most important questions you need to have the answer to. I often think about what Howard Thurman said: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I believe we all need adventure. We all need a bit of uncertainty. I believe we all come alive when there is a bit of uncertainty in our life, when we have to fight for something, when we are challenged to reach beyond what we thought we were capable of. This is why I love traveling to a foreign country that I have never been before. I have no idea what to expect. There is definitely a lot of uncertainty. I am challenged to figure things out. Its an adventure. I remember being in the Paris airport with my family on the way to Italy. Everything was in French. The terminal was packed wall to wall with people from all over the world. We had no idea where we were, or where to go. We were a bit freaked out but man was it a blast, an adventure to say the least!
I think many of us are stuck in boredom. I think many men are bored. They want to chase after something, they want that adventure, but we have been convinced and torn from our natural selves and therefore have settled for a 9-5 job that is virtually the same thing everyday. I believe thats why many men turn to alcohol, adultery, or sunday league soccer. Now I don’t think there is anything wrong with Sunday league soccer in itself but when its the highlight of your week because you want to get back to our glory days then there is definitely a problem! Many of us are bored. We don’t have an “Adventure to Live” as John Eldridge would say in his book “Wild at Heart.” The problem is we have been convinced from the day of birth that safety and comfort is the goal and risk and uncertainty are only for a few. We are all wired at birth for risk and uncertainty. Down deep inside our soul, if we were to really look, we would discover that what we really want is a fight, a chase, a pursuit. In every fight, chase, or pursuit there is an immense amount of uncertainty and discomfort. We are challenged beyond what we thought possible and the discovery of that person deep down we didn’t know existed is exhilarating.
I know when I am bored with my life. Its when I become depressed. Its when I feel like I have no purpose. Its when I wake up not excited about each day. Whenever I am excited for a day its because I know I am living an adventure that is full of uncertainty, challenge, and discomfort. I am right there with you, I know what it feels like to be bored with my life and sometimes I get myself into that rut. God give you the freedom to live an adventure. God gives you the freedom to do the opposite of what the world tells you. God gives you the freedom to take risk, break out of the strong hands of safety and step into a world of adventure aka the life you were created to live.
– The Professional Encourager and Uplifter