Revived Through the Risk of New Ventures

Back in my college days, I needed a few units to satisfy the requirements for my degree. They were elective units, meaning it could be any class. I just needed two units. As I scoured the list of offered classes my eyes caught a course entitled, ‘The Theory and Process of Accessing Creativity!?!” I was intrigued, and it fit my time frame. So I signed up and went to the first class meeting. The professor said there would be no tests, no quizzes, no taking of notes, and no papers, just one book to read and few in class experiences and one or two outside class projects. Then he turned out the lights and asked us to get comfortable and just enjoy a quiet moment. We were even encouraged to fall asleep if we could! Some classes were like that as we listened to classical music. We also went out on the lawn at San Diego State University and learned a bit of Tai Chi. We cooked, painted, and read children’s books and after each of these experiences we talked about how our amazing brain works and how these mentally risky ventures of focused attention get our neurons firing and we are, therefore, more creative, better at problem solving, and refreshed from the stresses of life.

As I went through these experiences, I was reminded of how God had already set this type of focus in motion by encouraging us all to take the mental risk of seeking Him.
Psalm 46:10-11 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
It is so easy for us to continue to do and be about our routines so much so it becomes mundane and rote. Sure, a little consistency and healthy habits are good, but we still need to add in the risk of new ventures to stretch our thinking and have new puzzles to solve.

God is like that. He is so huge and vast and big and awesome that connecting with Him can be one new venture after another. Yes, some great healthy habits of worship and practice of faith, but at every stage and age of life there is more of God to discover and experience. That is why Jesus said in the Bible book of Matthew 6, when the disciples were worried about life, we are to pause and seek God more.
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This seeking of God and His way of life revives us, rejuvenates us and helps us tap into that God-given creativity to walk through life.

See, God has plans for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God’s desire for us is to be the people He created us to be (see Psalm 139) and that involves times to step aside from the routines of life and take the mental risk of learning of God and knowing more about God.
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence

Some of you know God and continue to take those mental risks of knowing Him more. That is awesome! Keep doing that, and maybe even step out in a little more risk of serving Him in a new way. That new venture, with new opportunities and new circumstances, will take you to even deeper levels with God.

Others of you are not so certain of the God of the Bible, or know very little, or may have even had a bad experience. Maybe now is the time to seek God again. It might be just what you are looking for.

Regardless of where you are in your journey with God, church can really help. If you are not already connected to a church, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or one of our branch churches in either Los Alamitos or Garden Grove. We talk a lot about God and how to have those new ventures with Him. If you would like to attend one of our campus or listen to a sermon on line, our website has all the information you would need. www.cypresschurch.net .

Seeking to take those mentally risky new ventures of life along with you,

Mike

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