Looking back on our ministry, the best times have been when we saw that we were on an adventure. The events that evidenced God’s day-to-day involvement in our lives made the adventure exciting as we looked forward with eager anticipation to what might happen next as we lived it out.

However, as we continued living, the adventure faded.

There are so many things that can cause that to happen. In our case it’s been, primarily, a two-fold challenge. The first is just trying to make it, financially, day-to-day and week-to-week, from paycheck to paycheck or many times, from paycheck to not-quite-the-next paycheck. Second, diminished ministry opportunity has left us with a sense of unfulfillment.

When survival and unfulfillment become your focus you no longer see the adventure. The adventure is still there, but it’s lost in the shadows.

My prayer, today, is that our focus would once again be on the adventure, as we “fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith…” For life with Jesus truly is still an adventure. And adventures are meant to be enjoyed!

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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