“A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil. Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm” (Proverbs 13: 19-20).

Paul Tournier writes that we all have an inborn thirst for adventure and that each age has its own distinct adventure. “The Holy Spirit,” he says, “is always calling us to look forward, not back.” He encourages us to engage more boldly and enthusiastically in each succeeding adventure throughout our lives. The spirit of adventure must be continually awakened, for knowledge, repetition, and routine tend to stifle it. He observes: “One must grow in adventure at the same time one grows in knowledge. We must always try to retain that indefinable freshness of outlook.”

Dr. Tournier wrote many substantial books on the role of the spiritual and moral life in health, disease, and healing. Before publishing his first book, he shared his manuscript with six friends. They made valid criticisms, but he didn’t feel he could make the changes they suggested. In addition, no one encouraged him to publish the book. “I was paralyzed,” he writes, and then cautions, “Do not depend too much on others to assume responsibility for your adventure.” If we are wise, we seek counselors, but we also need the zest that comes from making our own choices and plugging in. It’s crucial that those choices resonate with the call of the Holy Spirit. When we are aided by Him and make choices with much prayer, we often find that our adventures crystallize with clarity. The meaning of our work is the satisfaction of the instinct for adventure that God has implanted in our hearts.

Adapted from The One Year Book of Encouragement