“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” That favorite quote of mine from Helen Keller is exactly how I would like to live my life! The picture is from a hike I took up to Pulpit Rock in Norway. That felt both daring and adventuresome. But in the middle of the of regular 9-5, paying the bills and getting the kids to all their activities life often feels more a familiar merry go round that will not let me off. You know what I mean? I want life to be a courageous quest, but my things-to-do list keeps getting in the way. But this week has felt a little different. Everyday at 8 am I get a text (I guess I don’t know who exactly it comes from) and it dares me to do something for the mission of Jesus I would not normally do.
On Monday I was dared to spend 15 minutes in uninterrupted prayer and my usual rhythm of Bible reading and journaling took a new turn during this extra time of quiet as God brought several people to mind that he wanted me to contact. It turned out that some of them needed to hear from me and I never would have known it. On Tuesday I was dared to share a dream of mine. The day flew by and was coming to a close and I still had not shared a dream with anyone. Then about 8 o’clock it hit me, I could post it right here on my blog and can share it with several hundreds friends. If you are interested, check it out HERE. On Wednesday I was dared to replace one meal with prayer. I skipped dinner. I was cranky. It didn’t feel very adventuresome; I mostly felt hungry. But I have a hunch that fasting is something that God wants me to try more often. More to come… On Thursday I was dared to invite someone new out to coffee. But I have no extra time. I did it anyway. I’m glad I did. In fact, I’m really looking forward to it. Friday, I was challenged to not do something I might do if Jesus was with me. That is a good dare on any day!
And that simple text over the last few days has brought some adventure into the what might have been a business as usual week. If you want your life to be described as “a daring adventure” then sign up to get the daily dare.