The Greatest Adventure of All
Josh had always wanted to try different things in life and not to miss out on something that would give him new experiences. When he was just a little boy, he would ride his tricycle down the stairs, sometimes with painful results.
As he grew older, he became even more daring and would test his skills in white water rafting, climbing rock faces without ropes and jumping out of airplanes. By the time he was a senior in high school, there weren’t too many daring things that he had not tried.
One day at school, a Marine recruiter called him to the counseling office to speak with him. The counselor was very aware of Josh’s zest for life and quest for more daring adventures.
While talking with the recruiter, Josh realized that this might be the very future his heart desired. The recruiter definitely had his attention. When Josh returned home that evening after football practice, he spoke with his parents about what the recruiter had told him. His father had been in the Navy and was
supportive of Josh’s plans to enlist following high school graduation. His mother was concerned for his safety but had learned that Josh was going to try things she didn’t think safe no matter what she thought; it was how he lived. Josh loved being on the very edge of life, almost tempting the grim reaper to catch him.
Time proved that Josh had made the right decision by joining the Marines. He did love being one of the Few, the Proud, the Marines. However, it was in the service that he also found he had missed out on one of life’s most daring adventures. A fellow Marine had encouraged Josh to experiment with yet another challenge. This was the call
to open his heart to Jesus and be a part of God’s plan for his life. This was not anything Josh had ever viewed as a challenge but more as a crutch for those who weren’t brave enough to live on their own.
The friend and fellow Marine, Kevin, kept bringing up the subject at times when Josh seemed to be looking for more adventure. Even though the Marine life certainly had given him many opportunities to develop physically and mentally, Josh realized that there was still something lacking in his life and wasn’t sure how to fill that void.
No matter how difficult the task before him, that particular feeling remained even after defeating the mountain before him.
During a particularly dangerous assignment, Josh found himself in a position where he had to seriously choose between life for himself or life for a fellow Marine. In all of his experimenting with life, he had never had to make a choice that meant
life or death for someone else. At that moment, all that Kevin had been telling him and encouraging him to do made sense. If he chose to die, he wanted to be with the man who had lived a very daring life, died a very courageous death and then rose
victorious over it all, for him. It was then that Josh knew Jesus would give him the courage to choose life for the other man and would honor Josh’s own heart’s desire to live eternally with the greatest man who ever lived.
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