Life has taken on new meaning since adopting the imaginary cruise ship mentality where God is the ship's captain and I'm the willing passenger.
This is an exercise I chose for 2018 and I love it. I invite God into my day, and where ever my day takes me I see as God's leading. I see places I go as my "port of call." It's up to me to go on the adventure before me. And if there is no where to go, I rest, recover, do maintenance, or simply enjoy my place at home.
I call my imaginary cruise ship The Love Boat of Willingness. The name reminds me to be rooted in love and to be willing to see things differently as I take bold steps.
Some days my cruise ship merely takes me to the grocery or pet store. I might chat with clerks there. No matter what happens there, I'm completing a purpose.
Other days it takes me to my gym. Yet other days, off to help one of our senior parents.
Last week, I was asked to do a number of paid writing assignments. Though I didn't always feel like it since I can get a sore back from typing too long, I reminded myself I needed to remain WILLING to complete the task.
Last week, I also ventured to a new spa where I got a consultation for a facial treatment. I was willing to lay under bright lights and a magnification mirror with no makeup while the esthetician examined my flaws. That was a bold move if you ask me.
Two weeks ago I had a massage with a new masseuse. She massaged every finger and every toe. Now that was bold to have someone wiggling my toes!
These don't seem like BOLD adventures, but they remind me that life is fluent and a simple conversation with others may help move both of us closer to living out our life purpose. We learn from each other. We network. We connect people. We find new information and inspiration.
You don't have to be out doing anything great, you don't have to have a big business or job title, you don't have to have a big pay cheque to be God's vessel. Just be willing to go where he sends you and to see it as an adventure.