I told him he looked like a circus performer on that old rusty bike with the seat so high and the handlebars bent upwards. I married adventure. Excitement. A mold breaker. There are no stereotypes for this one. He surprises me. Just when I think I have him figured out, he dashes all my theories and is more than even I knew him to be. He's just so stinkin' honest and unashamedly real. Exasperating? Sometimes. Inspiring? All the time.
We're two adventure seekers and our house is never dull and life is certainly not boring. We're thankful for each other. Thankful for our crazy kids. But sometimes we get restless. Call it immature, call it whatever you will, but we are fanatical dreamers. I remember those early days of our young love when we shared our dream of being missionaries, our lack of desire for worldly wealth. We just wanted to live simply, live radically, dare to love boldly. Money never held much appeal to us. Now we have kids (many of them) and we appreciate what money can buy. We've lived with little and we've lived with much. It's not the most important thing. It's not what I want to spend my life chasing after.
What is the most important thing to me? Jesus himself. He's my life.
And loving him has become my greatest adventure.
In Jesus' own words, all of life hangs on these two tenets: Loving God and Loving people. Right here. In the right now.
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do all things through him who gives me strength." Philippians 4: 12-13
Christ in me. Giving me strength.
Strength to give more and want less.
Strength to live like money isn't the most important thing in a society where it is.
Strength to change my thought patterns from "if I only had the money, I would..." to "if it's what you want, God, I will..."
Strength to resist the selfish act of hoarding and embrace the scriptural practice of sharing.
Strength to be content with what I have.
Because it is always enough.