I chose 41 Days initially to differentiate my view from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. For Warren, all the important things in our life have been chosen by God in advance. Discipleship is coloring inside the lines, and following explicitly directions. I see life as a holy adventure in which God promotes freedom and creativity. God says to us “surprise me, do something I hadn’t fully imagined, bring something new into the world.”
The adventure continues. What new thing will bring into the world? What beauty will you give to God and your earthly companions?
God wants us to “choose our own adventures.” God inspires us to be creative, adventurous, and caring, to be little Christs and bodhisattvas, bringing healing to the earth.
Behold God does new things, and wants us to be novel, too. Choose your own adventure, write a new story for your life, sing a song to the universe, and let it be Love.
As we go forth, let us affirm.
God is with me in my continuing adventures.
God inspires creativity and freedom.
I create beauty along with God.
I use my freedom to be God’s companion in healing the world.
Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He has taught at Georgetown University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is currently theologian in residence at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org