That’s Life (Can You Relate?)

I love the Adventure Log because it is just about life, and the best thing about talking about life is that we can all relate. I have these fun life discussions all the time with my coworker (and great friend). We talk about the weather… constantly. Who got the most rain or snow? What is our forecast (since we are convinced we know more than the weathermen)? We share crazy stories about things we’ve witnessed. (He has an odd way of finding himself in the middle of crime scenes all the time.) We discuss ways we are avoiding the flu during winter. We complain about mosquitos and Mondays. And, we love to solve the world’s problems each morning. That’s my life. Can you relate?

Now, let me tell you about a time that I couldn’t relate to people – all Christian pastors. After getting married, God helped me discover some great Christian pastors online. I enjoyed listening to their sermons and before long I found myself totally discontent. As I listened to them, I could tell that they had such an intimate relationship with God, that prayer was crucial to them, and that their lives demonstrated their surrender to follow Jesus. I knew I already had a saving faith in Jesus, but I wanted more of God.

The only way this was going to happen was through the tough, “old-fashioned” way of reading the Bible, praying that the Holy Spirit would increase my love for him, give me a stronger faith, and help me to live for him. The awesome thing is that God has done just that in my life and, thankfully, that discontentment remains. God, I want more!  

Katy and I want to (so badly) encourage you to be discontent in your relationship with God. I get the sense that Christians are awakening to the reality that God offers us so much more than we have been settling for. We are beginning to understand that our faith in Jesus and forgiveness of sins is just the beginning of an entire life of adventure following God wherever he leads. We have enough experience following the world to know that it doesn’t satisfy. Money fails us. Jobs fail us. People fail us. Health fails us. Sex fails us. No, we are ready to take hold of the true treasure in Jesus! Can you relate? I pray so. Let’s be discontent in our relationship with God!

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. – Philippians 3:8-9

Keep running,
Justin