He was right of course. I do talk about adventure a lot, because it is one of the words we use at Gateway to sum up what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus. (The other two are purity and compassion.)
To do our part in fulfilling the great commission takes faith, and courage – which means it is an adventure. Christianity is not a passive religion, but an active faith, that makes a positive difference to the world. Sometimes that means we will put ourselves in situations that feel a little risky; sometimes it means releasing those we love to take some risks.
All the clichés about parenting are true – it does go ever so fast; it does only feel like yesterday that they were babies. But I always wanted my daughters to be adventurous, and I’m happy to be reaping the fruit of that now, even if it does bring out my paternal anxieties.
Not all of us are in a position to volunteer to serve with a charity in Lebanon or South Africa, but all of us who are disciples of Christ are called to live adventurously. Go on, get a little danger in your life - it’s not just for teenagers!