it's not an adventure.
Remember that old Army
recruitment commercial where it showed buff young men and women scaling
obstacles, driving tanks, on recon missions, watching radar screens,
flying helicopters and the like? The narrator would say, "It's not just a
job, it's an adventure!"
was in the Army for six years, when we were first married. After
multiple deployments and training exercises and sleepless nights and
bureaucratic frustrations, he came home one day and said, "It's just a
job; it's not an adventure." This became our tagline for Army life as he
fulfilled his commitment and changed careers.
recently taken a job. I've found myself quoting the same tagline as I
pick through what this new schedule will look like, how we'll continue
to homeschool, and how our lives will change. As I'm learning the new
routines and rhythms of a situation that I would not have chosen for our
family, I'm leaning heavily on the Lord's provision and sovereignty for
the nooks and crannies that I cannot see all the recesses of, but I
know that He can and does.
Of course, there will be
adventure because the job is about working with people. There is always
adventure where there are people. But right now as I learn the ins and
outs, I am reminding myself, through the tagline, that this job, like
every job, has definite limitations. There will be frustrations and ruts
of habit; there will be interpersonal difficulties and
misunderstandings; and there will be long days of weariness and
I can only do what the
Lord gives me to do, in His strength and by His direction. Does the job
bear eternal purpose? Inasmuch as we are eternally affected by how we
view and treat one another, yes. But in the daily tasks, probably not.
other words, my adventure will not be found in the crossing off of
tasks and their accompanying minutiae. My adventure will be found in
continual dependence upon the Lord for a godly heart and attitude
towards all those with whom I have contact--both at work and continually
at home as we learn these new routines and rhythms. I desire to reflect
at multiple points the Lord's goodness and grace in my life to
them--even in a situation that I would not have chosen but have been
That's the adventure. Everything else is just a job.