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Don’t tell a boring story with your life

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I met a man last night who was hired by Shell to look for whales near their oil exploration operations in Alaska. Most days he was lucky to even see a seagull. He was so glad to get out of there. Life can get boring when you live a Groundhog Day existance. Something in us yearns for variety. We …
By Seth Barnes

elephant 1I met a man last night who was hired by Shell to look for whales near their oil exploration operations in Alaska. Most days he was lucky to even see a seagull. He was so glad to get out of there.

Life can get boring when you live a Groundhog Day existance. Something in us yearns for variety. We know we weren't meant to live a life with:

•    No Risk
•    No Adventure
•    No Suspense
•    No Greatness
•    No Heroes

This morning in Nicaragua the sound of the roosters is familiar, but my day is filled with possibilities that I can only guess at. Years ago I chose the road less traveled and it's led me to a life full of unexpected adventure.

And in that sense, it's perhaps conventional in God's terms – it's a road that he loves to challenge his people to walk.

God spoke and Abraham left the familiar for an unknown country. God spoke and Moses left, taking his whole country with him. God spoke and Jesus hung up his carpenter's apron and launched his itinerant ministry.

And today, we read and re-read their stories because they listened for God's voice and obeyed it. Their stories are exciting because of the uncertainty they continually faced.

What if we lived our lives to tell a better story? What if we set aside a day of the week to do different things.

•    A day a week to experience risk and adventure and suspense
•    A day to dream
•    A day to experience depth of characters
•    A day to be heroic
•    A day to reach an audience

You don't have to go to Nicaragua to live an interesting life. You just have to listen to God. He'll provide the suspense and the dreams and the opportunity to be heroic.

Why not start today?

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