We've been playing the waiting game for what feels like forever.
Waiting for next week or next year. Waiting for a new job or a new house. For a relationship or someone to love you. For a time when you're older or things aren't so busy. For summer or for winter. For an event you're excited about or for a dream to finally come true. Constantly waiting.
And the sad thing is, the majority of us waste our lives waiting for that adventure to come along or that dream to happen. We waste our lives thinking "someday" I will do this or "someday" I will do that. And then we spend our days trapped in "what if's," looking back on the days that went by and wishing for them back. It is like a game of either looking ahead or looking behind.
We rarely stop to look around.
For you see, the secret that most people don't realize is that....today is an adventure too.
Waiting for the day when things slow down or when you finally grow up, is wasting the adventure you are right in the middle of at this moment.
I was a little girl with a wild imagination (yeah, I was crazy), and I yearned for adventure. I longed for the opportunity to do something great. To solve a mystery, to experience something amazing, to publish a book, to speak on a stage in front of thousands, to go somewhere new. But I always thought "someday" I will get to do those things, but not today.
But let me look into your eyes and motion for you to come closer as I whisper this truth to you.
Someday isn't guaranteed. Tomorrow is not promised.
What if today is the only adventure you have left?
The thing is, I look at today now and I realize what a beautiful adventure it really is. What an adventure it is to look at each moment as the moment that God will use you to change someone's world. I was 16 and 17 when I wrote my first published book, and it was because I finally chose to take today and realize God wanted to use me right then, not "someday." And becoming the soon-to-be author of 3 published books at only nineteen-years-old has been a God-given adventure of a lifetime. According to the world, I should've waited until I was older and had better experience. But guess what? The world really doesn't know much at all. According to God, my adventure was waiting for me already.
What adventure could you be missing out on today by looking back on yesterday or wishing for "someday"? What book could you have written? What story could you have told? What drawing could you have painted? What poem could you have written? What song could you have sung? What trip could you have taken?
Oh, and, dear heart, don't miss out on the priceless, little adventures of every day life either. For they truly are an adventure too...
Watching the sunset with someone you love. Taking a walk with your siblings and laughing at who can make the funniest face. Going out for donuts at almost midnight (admittedly one of the best adventures ever). Singing music as loud as you can into your microphone (which is technically a hairbrush, but it still counts. Admit it, you've done this at least once in your life). Sharing words of encouragement that could inspire someone else towards greatness. Being a friend to someone and changing their life.
These little adventures are what make up our lives. They are the adventures God gives us every day to whisper "I love you," to us. Don't you see? God is so crazy about us, that He gives us these amazing little adventures that are right in front of us every day. We just have to search for them instead of searching for "someday." And every time we stop to embrace the adventure God places in our present moment, we whisper back to Him, "I love You too."
Today truly is your adventure of a lifetime.
And now I'm going on an adventure (donut's might be involved)....who's with me?