Engage 24: The Adventure Of A Lifetime

The final episode makes it clear that we haven’t arrived yet, but merely stand on the edge of the most amazing adventure available to us—how can we explore the vastness of God’s love and character not only in this age, but also for all eternity?

On this last day of the year, I get to post the final episode of the video series, Engage: Finding Your Connection With God. These brief 5-7 minute videos were designed to be listened to in two-week increments so that in the time between them people would have a chance to explore their own relationship with God and let God connect with them. The topic of this final one is one of the most exciting for me because when I lose the sense of wonder at how God might show up in my day and get lost in the mundane responsibilities and droning media of our age, my spiritual life stagnates. But when I am reminded that this amazing God wants to make himself known in my life today in the reality the circumstances I confront and the people I encounter, the possibilities are limitless and my heart begins to soar.

It was good to be reminded of all this as the year closes out and a new one begins. I can think of nothing better to share with you than this today. May you be caught up in the most amazing adventure life has to offer. May you find the grace to be more focused on what you do understand about him and his life and less preoccupied with what you don’t yet understand. The idea that even at our best we only stand ankle-deep in the vast mystery of God’s love and affection for us can set us at ease in the uncertainty and let our trust in him grow.

I am blessed to see the number of people who are working their way through this series and warmed by the emails I’ve received at how they’ve helped people relax into the reality of a relationship God has always been seeking with them. Living loved is not a matter of embracing a different set of principles about God.Living loved is the fruit of growing in the “knowing” of God, learning to sense his presence in our life and to cultivate an ongoing conversation with him about what’s going on in your life.

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  1. John Palms February 15, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Wayne, I just listened to the last of your bi-weekly videos. I just needed to say thank you. I read several things on your website, then I saw this, and listened. Thank you for your insight into  our God, and into His desire for us to be truly intimate and connected with Him. My wife, Margaret, and I want to engage with our Father, and with others who want to do the same. We appreciate your voice in this journey. You encourage us. We have left the mainline church – though we interact and maintain friendships there. But we want a relationship with our Father and with the church that he is creating. We want real intimacy. I have told the Lord that all i really want is to know Him, and to learn to love well.

    Again, thank you, Wayne.

  2. John Palms February 15, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Wayne, I just listened to the last of your bi-weekly videos. I just needed to say thank you. I read several things on your website, then I saw this, and listened. Thank you for your insight into  our God, and into His desire for us to be truly intimate and connected with Him. My wife, Margaret, and I want to engage with our Father, and with others who want to do the same. We appreciate your voice in this journey. You encourage us. We have left the mainline church – though we interact and maintain friendships there. But we want a relationship with our Father and with the church that he is creating. We want real intimacy. I have told the Lord that all i really want is to know Him, and to learn to love well.

    Again, thank you, Wayne.

  3. waynej February 17, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    John, I appreciate your comments and your passion.  It isn’t easy moving beyond the institutional constructs that we’ve been taught are the “only way”, but they often do more to hinder intimacy with Christ than encourage it.  It takes some time to make the switch, but I don’t know anyone who has regretted the journey.  Learn to rest in his love and just watch what he does?  Blessings to you and your wife!  

  4. waynej February 18, 2014 at 12:56 am

    John, I appreciate your comments and your passion.  It isn’t easy moving beyond the institutional constructs that we’ve been taught are the “only way”, but they often do more to hinder intimacy with Christ than encourage it.  It takes some time to make the switch, but I don’t know anyone who has regretted the journey.  Learn to rest in his love and just watch what he does?  Blessings to you and your wife!  

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