A friend shared this quote with me today, and it reminded me of the importance of getting out of our comfort zone. Although I am not religious, I can definitely identify with the message Sir Francis Drake was trying to share – that a life spent without risk is a life spent without reward.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Sir Francis Drake

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

attributed – Sir Francis Drake, 1577

The line ‘We have ceased to dream of eternity’ particularly hits home for me. Growing up, we all were encouraged to reach for the stars, to dream big, and that through hard work and effort we can achieve those dreams. As we grow older and see how the world ‘really’ works, it can be discouraging to realize the responsibility that is typically placed on adults prevents adventure. It’s refreshing to hear words like these to help inspire us to be better than we are, and to get the most out of life.

Here’s to the future, to adventure, to dreaming of eternity! Cheers!

– EW