For as long as I can remember, I've been a dreamer. Books captivated little me. Growing up, I read about historical princesses and queens. I loved learning about their lives. When I was twelve, I read The Hobbit for the first time, and was hooked -- I had to read Tolkien's great trilogy, The Lord of the Rings.

I think that was when I first felt that I had adventure in my heart. But it didn't occur to me for years that that was what was going on. I don't even remember the day I knew, but I did know. It was unmistakable.

I was made to be adventurous. And so were you.

This is the way God has hard-wired us. We were not made for mundanity or apathy. We were made to have abundant life -- to live with courage and authenticity in the moments God has given us.

Life is an adventure — like the kind we read about in books. It has all the ups and downs of a novel: sorrows and woes, joys and triumphs, mundanity and sluggishness, quickness and vitality. The only difference is that when we are in the middle of the adventure, we don’t see it that way. We have trouble getting perspective. We look around us and see only desert or wasteland, and we are tempted to ask where God is, and by the way, what the heck is going on?

My purpose in writing here is to remind others that we have Adventure all around us -- that we are living it. Our lives are full of it, full of the exact kind of beauty and peril that make a great Story.  I want to encourage others to persevere in trusting God through the adventure that is the life we are given, and to remind them (and myself!) that God is writing a story that I’m not in charge of -- and that the Story is more beautiful than we could ever dream.

We were made to live.

So let's be adventurous.