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 God Is Calling You To

"A HOLY ADVENTURE”

By Elizabeth Shreve

September 15-17
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As a child, I loved watching the television series Mission: Impossible. Every episode began with an agent and a tape. The anonymous recorded voice would say, “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is….” My heart would always start pumping, waiting for the assignment to be unveiled and for the tape to self-destruct. Then the mysterious spy-master would describe some wild and dangerous task, with little chance of success or survival.

The agent always chose to accept the challenge. I can’t ever remember him turning it down. It would have put quite a damper on the show if the hero said, “Are you kidding? No way would I do that!  Are you crazy? A guy could get hurt doing stuff like that!” and then just walked away, never to fulfill the mission (as the tape went up in smoke). Thankfully, that never happened; he always accepted the call. Then immediately, he would assemble the team, communicate the plan, set everything in motion and follow through to the end. And I would happily join the courageous group in my mind, sharing the joy of their final success.

There is a parallel, I believe, with what God offers us (His sons and daughters) throughout our lives. At various points along the way (you never know when) God opens the door to unique experiences, opportunities, and challenges. Like the spy in Mission: Impossible, we can choose to accept these undertakings, these missions, these callings, or we can walk away. Mark Twain said it beautifully, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

The choice is real. You can walk on the adventurous side of life and be an individual God selects for urgent kingdom missions, or you can close the door and close your life to experiences and memories that might have been yours — but instead, will never be. One of my favorite quotes is, “The saddest thing of word and pen is the phrase it might have been.” Does that not grip your heart?

At this point in my life, I feel a greater urgency than ever to accept God’s mission. Daily I listen to the 'tape' in my spirit; the ‘assignment’ is always clear. As women and men of God, we must be on a HOLY ADVENTURE. We must accept the call. We must see the mission all the way through until it is accomplished. Helen Keller, who overcame the supreme challenge of being deaf, blind and mute, offered that “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” I urge you to wake up every day with that mindset – but don’t fall into the error of just looking for “great” things to unfold before you. As Mother Teresa so wisely spoke, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” To live that way is surely an adventure worth pursuing.
- Elizabeth Shreve



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