Helen Keller is credited as saying, “Life is either a great adventure, or it is nothing at all.” Whether Ms Keller was the source of that statement or not, it is certainly profound.
Far too many of us are addicted to mediocrity. We are stuck in a daily grind or routine that leaves us exhausted, but unfulfilled. We are overworked yet under exercised. We are over fed yet under nourished. We make more money than our parents and grandparents combined yet we are tonsil deep in debt. Our relationships are fractured and our nerves are shot. We take more medication for stress and anxiety than any previous generation. There is a reason it’s called, ‘The Rat Race.’
Here’s some good news, we can get out of the rut and out of the race and live lives that are full of meaning and adventure. In fact, we were designed to do just that. Jesus said, “I came that you might have life to the full.”
What a novel idea. Most of us would love to live life to the full instead of just being busy, but we don’t know where to begin. Here’s a crazy notion; the best way to start transforming your life from a rat race to an adventure is to slow down. That’s right, slow down, refocus and reprioritize.
I want to invite you to join me for a few minutes each week to look at God’s love letter to the human race. By taking a few minutes to read (or sometimes listen to) this space, you’re going to find a whole new world will open up to you. The Bible is not at all what you think it is. It’s not nearly as complicated as it’s been made out to be and in its pages you will discover the Adventure you’ve always wanted to be a part of.
Even if you’re a skeptic, stay with me for about 6 weeks and see what happens. After that, if you want to drop out, it’s a free country. Deal?
The first thing you’re going to need is a Bible, specifically a New Testament. We are going to go through two books of the Bible together. First, we’re going to examine the Gospel of Luke. That’s the third book in the New Testament. That Book has 24 chapters and it will help us solve a huge mystery; who is Jesus of Nazareth, really?
Luke was a medical doctor who lived in the first century a.d. and was an early convert to Christianity. He was also a meticulous historian who researched the life of Jesus and wrote down his discoveries in a letter to a friend he calls, ‘Theophilus’. Because of Luke’s thorough research, I thought it would be a great place to begin our adventure.
After we finish Luke, we will look at the 5th book of the New Testament, called, Acts or The Acts of the Apostles. Acts was also written by Dr. Luke to Theophilus as a sequel to his first book. In the Gospel of Luke, he tells us who Jesus is, and in Acts he tells us what to do about it.
Acts is the only book in the Bible that tells how people became Christians, how Churches were formed and how Christianity started its worldwide advance.
There are 28 chapters in Acts. If you do the math you’ll see that 24 chapters plus 28 chapters = 52 chapters. That will give us one full year of Bible Study. Some weeks I’ll probably add bonus posts on subjects that I think need extra explanation or are just too much fun for me to pass up.
If you don’t have a Bible, they are easy to get. You can buy them in stores and online. There are lots of free ones online that you can download to your pc, laptop or mobile device. Be careful though, as not all translations are created equal. Some are much better than others. Find one you like and stick with it. If you have a question about a translation please feel free to send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away. I will primarily be using The English Standard Version (ESV) and The Voice Bible. Somewhere along the way, I’ll take time and explain why there are so many different translations and why that’s a good thing. For now, though, let the adventure begin.