World Traveler

#explore, #travel, #adventure.

These have become popular hashtags for young people. Yet, if we went spelunking in the caverns of our own hearts, I think many of us would admit that we are more interested in impressing others than delving into a true adventure.

A true adventure goes much farther and deeper than traveling to six different countries before your 21st birthday. And, honestly, to be a true world traveler it takes more guts and spunk than the willingness to survive an 18 hour plane ride or to hike a 14er.

A true world traveler understands that relationships are more important than a popular Instagram post.

A true world traveler understands that relationships are more important than a popular Instagram post. And, matters of the heart – being a faithful friend to a non-Christian, staying committed to a godly boyfriend or girlfriend, or teaching a Sunday school class – take some serious guts. You cannot brag about these things on Instagram, but they are the exact actions that a true #adventurer should pursue.

In Andrew Peterson’s song “World Traveler,” he muses about his itch to travel as a young man and subsequent experiences of the great beyond. But, he says that he really had not traveled the world until he proposed and “walked the hills of the human soul of a tender girl” (1). Adventure didn’t stop there. New travels awaited when he and his wife became parents.

The thought that you travel when you experience new seasons of life relationally intrigues me. It appeals to my adventurous spirit, and it is very, very true.

We see the messy sides of people and instead of wading further into the adventure of knowing another human heart, we flee in surrender.

I see a common characteristic in young people. When relationships get tough, we want out. This is the case for friendships, dating relationships, family, and even leadership circles in clubs and organizations. We see the messy sides of people and instead of wading further into the adventure of knowing another human heart, we flee in surrender. Can it be that the same bold young soul who backpacked across Europe cannot be vulnerable about their past with their best friend?

Maybe we are not as adventurous as we think.

It can be more difficult to be a kind, loving babysitter than a kind, loving mountain climber. But, in those moments, I have an opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ as I lie on the floor playing Sorry just as much, if not more so, as when I am a camp counselor.

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Be faithful. In whatever adventure God has you, be faithful.

When I think back to the people who have influenced me most for Christ, it has been their faithful, loving actions in the midst of seemingly redundant tasks that made me take notice and take my walk with the Lord deeper. God uses everyday moments to transform lives.

I want to be the kind of world traveler who is willing to go wherever God asks. If opportunity allows me to travel to Ireland, I want to go. If opportunity allows me to babysit three nights a week, I want to love and serve those kids with the joy that only Christ gives. If opportunity allows me to have a marketing internship, I want to promote with fervor and passion.

Be faithful. In whatever adventure God has you, be faithful.

You cannot capture faithfulness with pixels, but God can use the faithfulness of His children to capture hearts. That is the adventure I want to go on!

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“Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory . . .”

Psalm 115:1, ESV

(1) Peterson, Andrew. World Traveler. Andrew Peterson, © 2010 by Centricity Music. CD or MP3.

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A Defense of Wasting Time – worldview.org

Don’t Live Strong, Live Wise – desiringgod.org

Stay Faithful – worldview.org

Rebecca Cross
Student & Managing Newspaper Editor at Francis Marion University
Rebecca Cross is a Darlington, South Carolina native pursuing degrees in Public Relations and Spanish at Francis Marion University. She has served with Worldview Academy as a college staff member and female staff director. Rebecca's interests include reading, writing, crafting, and getting to know people.

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