A Beautiful Adventure


It seems quite silly to live our lives in fear. Yet the common factor that binds all of humanity is indeed our fear of the unknown. No matter what city you wake up to each morning, or what roof (or lack thereof) you sleep under at night, every individual is familiar with the sensation of fear. Fear is an inescapable, unavoidable phenomenon.

Yet there comes a day when you wake up to that city, or fall asleep under that roof, and realize that you are not where you want to be. You look to the individuals surrounding you, beginning to compare yourself. You begin to fear, Perhaps I am not where I want to be because I am not like this person or that person. You worry, Maybe I will never be as good or as smart or as beautiful as so-and-so.

Initially, you deceive yourself into believing that your fear and your insecurity will serve as motivation along the path of becoming who you so desire to be. Just the opposite happens. The fear inside of your heart is not what moves you, but what keeps you stuck where you already are, far from the life of which you dream.

Do not let yourselves be deceived: fear does not produce freedom. When you fear the unknown, chances are you will never venture there. I return to what I said previously…with everything this beautiful world has to offer, surely it seems quite silly to live our lives in fear.

Imagine if you were afraid of airplanes. How could a machine possibly fly? Surely the minute we take off, we will head straight for the ground. So you worry, you wonder, you wander, never tip toeing into a single airplane in your life. Imagine just how much of life you would miss out on. Have you ever seen the sunrise thousands of feet above the earth? Or seen an aerial view of downtown Chicago lit up at night? Have you come face-to-face with the fascinating culture of Spain or the rich history of Rome?

Take a moment and reflect on everything you would miss out on in life if you lived your life in fear. Whether it is airplanes, cars, or any other kind of travel. Your fear would not move you; it would keep you immobile. Restless, you would be stuck exactly where you are for the rest of your life. Never moving, never living – only existing, never free.

Well, my sweet readers, Jesus is our airplane. He gets us to where we want to be. He enables us to become the amazing individuals we long to be. Surely, if He is not our means of travel, we will never reach our full potential. Think of it this way, without Jesus, perhaps you could make it to New York or Florida, Texas or Colorado. But if you want to go further, if you want to experience things some people will never be able to experience in their whole lives, you need Him. Sure, you will make it to Texas without Him, but you will never, ever make it all the way to Rome or Moscow, to Beijing or Paris.

It’s simple: if you want something more out of life, come to Jesus. If not, well, then you are missing out for sure. It matters not if you come from an abusive household, or even if you live your daily life on the streets – no matter who you are or where you are, you can live the most beautiful of lives. All you need is Jesus.

My challenge to you is this: do not let the initial fear of getting on the airplane keep you from a beautiful adventure. Want to know what “fear” stands for? False Expectations Appear Real.

Your fear will keep you in chains for the rest of your life. Jesus will set you free.

It’s simple, really. Yet ultimately the choice is entirely yours. Fear or freedom? Your will or Jesus’ will? A life built on your destructive desires or a life built on the beautiful desires of Jesus? You choose.

And remember: if ever you find that you in fact are not where you desire to be, odds are you are not living with Jesus. Feeling restless, endlessly wandering, never feeling at peace? “Our hearts our restless until they rest in You” (Saint Augustine). Make your home in His heart. And trust me, you will surely find the peace for which you long.

Song of the week: "Runaway" by Mat Kearney

"For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-discipline."
(2 Timothy 1:7)

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  1. "And remember: if ever you find that you in fact are not where you desire to be, odds are you are not living with Jesus."
    When you say this do you mean that someone who trusts Jesus should be happy no matter where they are in life? Or do you mean that they would be more blessed (as far as job, family, etc.) if the followed Jesus? If someone is a Christian but they are unhappy do you feel that they are doing something wrong?

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    1. There's a very big difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is an emotion; joy is a decision. When I said that quote you mentioned, I did NOT mean that someone who trusts Jesus should be happy no matter where they are in life. I mean that one who is a Christian must CHOOSE to be JOYFUL in both good times and bad. When you're having a rough day, you might not be happy. But you can choose to be joyful. You can choose to continue to wear a smile on your face in spite of the challenges you are facing. You can CHOOSE to be optimistic about your situation and see the glass half full instead of half empty. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" (James 1:2-4). So if someone is a Christian but they are unhappy, I do NOT believe that they are doing something wrong. Many people are unhappy, and that's perfectly acceptable. But as Christians, like I said earlier, we must choose to be joyful even in the midst of our unhappiness. We must choose to turn to Jesus in spite of our struggles, choosing to look to His face for guidance instead of the face of this world. In a way, people do become more "blessed" when they follow Jesus. Check out this verse: "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given you besides" (Matthew 6:33). In other words, if you put God first in your life (if you seek Him first above all else), everything else will fall into place ("all these things will be given you besides"). If you put God first, it's not that your struggles will fade away. Instead, your joy and your outlook on life will improve immensely. And as a result, you will begin to lead a more blessed life. Does that make more sense? Let me know if there's anything else you'd like me to discuss. Thanks so much for your questions!

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