My Ordinary Adventure intersected with the Jeskes’ in Madison, WI in the summer of 2010. I was a fresh hire right out of college at InterVarsity’s Orientation for New Staff (ONS). I sat down at a table at the poolside reception and introduced myself to a guy named Adam. Naively assuming that everyone else there was like me, I asked from where he’d graduated, to which he replied that he’d graduated a while ago.
“Oh, okay, so were you involved in InterVarsity during your undergrad?”
“No, this is my first experience with InterVarsity.”
“Oh, so what were you doing before you took this job?”
“I drove around on a motorcycle overseas and took photos and wrote articles.”
“Okay… What campus will you be working at?”
“I’m not going to be at a campus, I’m going to be working on InterVarsity’s social media stuff.”
That was about as far as our conversation went that day. I was intrigued, and interested to see what Adam would end up doing. (He has become somewhat famous in InterVarsity circles as he’s built up the national social media presence as well as helped staff around the country with their chapter and individual communication strategies.) Now, years later, I finally got around to reading his book and getting some of that backstory filled in. While InterVarsity has been one of my greatest adventures so far, it’s been relatively ordinary for the Jeskes. I came to their book at a time where I’m working to see the significance of the present moment where God has me, in the ordinary everyday life. If you’re in a similar place, This Ordinary Adventure is a great resource for providing some language and vision for seeing God work through what could otherwise feel mundane.