Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.
To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.
An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
On Running After Ones Hat, All Things Considered, 1908
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.
Sir Francis Drake
Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas where storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars. We ask you to push back the horizons of our hopes; and to push into the future in strength, courage, hope, and love.
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Beloved, I say, let your fears go, lest they make you faint hearted. Stop inspiring fear in those around you and now take your stand in faith. God has been good and He will continue to manifest His goodness. Let us approach these days expecting to see the goodness of the Lord manifest. Let us be strong and of good courage, for the Lord will fight for us if we stand in faith.
Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It’s not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He’s made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, “Let’s go do that together.
“He held up a book then. “I’m going to read it to you for relax.”
“Does it have any sports in it?”
“Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Hunters. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest Ladies. Snakes. Spiders… Pain. Death. Brave men. Cowardly men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.”
“Sounds okay,” I said and I kind of closed my eyes.”
The Princess Bride
I mean, in the last few months alone, I’ve been pinned in a big set of white-water rapids, been bitten by an angry snake in a jungle, had a close escapewith a big mountain rockfall, narrowly avoided being eaten by a huge croc in the Australian swamps, and had to cut away from my main parachute and come down on my reserve, some five thousand feet above the Arctic plateau.
When did all this craziness become my world?
It’s as if – almost accidentally – this madness had become my life. And don’t get me wrong – I love it all.
The game, though, now, is to hang on to that life.
Every day is the most wonderful of blessings, and a gift that I never, ever take for granted.
Oh, and as for the scars, broken bones, aching limbs and sore back?
I consider them just gentle reminders that life is precious – and that maybe, just maybe, I am more fragile than I dare to admit.
As a society of unbelief, Western culture is devoid of a sense of journey, of adventure, because it lacks belief in much more than the cultivation of an ever-shrinking horizon of self-preservation and and self-expression.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
The Poems of T. S. Eliot Volume I: Collected and Uncollected Poems”, 2015, p.1250, Faber & Faber.
Robert Louis Stevenson
The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.
Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson)
“You are my greatest adventure.”
The Christian experience, from start to finish, is a journey of faith.
Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it.
Dorothy L. Sayers
Here be dragons to be slain, here be rich rewards to gain;
If we perish in the seeking, why, how small a thing is death!
They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “Do business in great waters,” these see his “wonders in the deep.”
John R.W. Stott
Insistence on security is incompatible with the way of the cross. What daring adventures the incarnation and the atonement were! What a breach of convention and decorum that Almighty God should renounce his privileges in order to take human flesh and bear human sin! Jesus had no security except in his Father. So to follow Jesus is always to accept at least a measure of uncertainty, danger and rejection for his sake.
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.’
I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
“Rover did not know in the least where the moon’s path led to, and at present he was much too frightened and excited to ask, and anyway he was beginning to get used to extraordinary things happening to him.”
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