Weekly message from Cypress Church: Choose adventure

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,

God has blessed us with an amazing world to take on the great adventure of exploration, discovery, and investigating. I am blown away with the intense beauty and wonder and intrigue in all that God has made. Oh the mountains scream out God’s majesty. The ocean’s crashing waves reverberate God’s power. The sunrise and sunset reflect just a glimmer of God’s beauty. Every creature, big or small, gives us an insight into our Creator.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
Psalm 104:24-25 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Here is the sea, great and wide, which teems with creatures innumerable, living things both small and great.

In all that God created, we can learn more about Him.

Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

This world is full of adventures of learning and exploration of all that the Lord spoke into being (see Colossians 1:15-16). God also empowered great men and women to assemble some amazing, creative adventures to explore. Amazing works of science and art like the great wonders of the world: the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the Great Wall of China, Petra in Jordan, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, Machu Picchu in Peru, Chichen Itza in Mexico, the Colosseum in Italy, and the Taj Mahal in India. Wow, all are amazing adventures to explore.

But adventure is not limited to world renown creations or epic exploration. Adventure can be found on a hike, in a book, cooking something new, trying a new sport or hobby or restaurant, exploring the wonders even in your own backyard. See, adventure does something in us. A Huffpost article entitled, “5 Important Reasons To Embrace A Little Adventure” reveals some great benefits of adventure. Adventure keeps you trying new things, connects you with fellow adventure seekers, and can bring you joy, and more.

The key is a choice to enjoy the adventure. Kristi and I were in Disneyland the other day, enjoying the adventure of “Galaxy’s Edge” the new Star Wars Land at the Disney Resort. It is an amazing, true adventure to soak in and enjoy the feel of being transported into a whole new world. It was a great adventure. We came out smiling, inspired from all the creativity, and feeling like we truly were in a different world.

However, not everyone seemed to have the same excitement as most others. I was on a call while we were at one of the exits/entrances to this new land and Kristi was noticing that most people came out with smiles and the same wonder and joy we had. Yet, there were others who did not see the beauty, intrigue, fun, or joy in it at all. One person remarked how expensive everything was. Another was complaining about the lines. One even said, “So what’s the big deal with this anyway?” How sad! How sad to let the natural human tendency toward negativity affect the adventure of discovery. See, we humans have this unfortunate bent towards being grumpy, pessimistic, and negative. Some have built the habit of focusing more on the positive and as the Bible encourages…

James 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Yes, crummy things happen and we need to be real with our feelings. So, yes, acknowledge how you feel and then choose to join in on the adventure.

So what new adventures could you join in on this week? Maybe it could be a new project at work, get to know your neighbors better, try some new kinds of foods, step up and volunteer somewhere, or just explore something you do not know very well.

Maybe one adventure could be to attend church more regularly. If you don’t already attend a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has more
information: http://www.cypresschurch.net. You can even attend one of our live-streaming services on line (see http://live.cypresschurch.net/).