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Being Extreme

Even though I am no longer in my 20’s (or 40’s for that matter!), I love to do things like zip-lining and parasailing.

While I might be somewhat adventurous, I am not into extreme sports. Some people enjoy the thrill of doing something that is death-defying or dangerous, like scaling Mt. Everest or mountain biking on the side of a cliff. They like the adventure, and the thrill or rush it gives.

Being a child of God can be the same way if you want it to be.

It can be boring if you never step out in faith or grow at all in your walk with Him—sitting on your pew week after week, doing “religion” by rote. It can also be unexciting if you get in a religious rut and stay involved in the same ministries, never asking if God wants you to do anything different or take another path.

God never told us that the Christian life would be mundane and boring.

As a matter of fact, it is quite the opposite—it can be extreme! It can take the form of danger, like those Paul encountered on his missionary journeys. In 2 Corinthians, he lists the dangers he had encountered on his various trips. Though Paul was persecuted, he never swayed from his calling of sharing Jesus.

We obviously shouldn’t go looking for danger in sharing the Gospel, but there are times when God calls us to do something “out of the box”, something that we’ve never done before.

He calls us out of our comfort zone and lo and behold, we find that He is there!

He changes us in those seasons. He draws us closer to Him and we learn more of Who He is.

If we listen to what He tells us to do—living our life for Him and sharing Him with others—it is never boring. It’s always an adventure. It’s exciting, it’s extreme. It’s just a matter of how exciting we want it to be. That’s the question.

Do you want to live a full life, excited about what God will do next, or have a so-so life?

It’s your choice. If you are an extreme person, God will make sure that you have an extreme life!

Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Jeremiah 33:3

–by Pam Rehbein



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