Embracing Uncertainty and Living the Adventure

I have the privilege to introducing to the BackSeat Leader community a friend I have respected and admired from a distance for many years. In a nutshell Julian Newman is the real deal.  Genuine, authentic, and honest are just a few words that come to my mind when I think about the life he lives for all to see.  This post is just a taste of what Julian is all about and I know it’s going to encourage you to pursue the uncomfortable, so that you can obtain the uncommon! Enjoy…

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Image Courtesy of foto76 @FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Would you sell your brand new Ferrari to follow your dream? 

Interesting question isn’t it? I wish I could tell you that I knew the answer, but I’ve never owned a Ferrari.  I did sell my car a couple of weeks ago. We just moved from California to Michigan to fulfill a piece of God’s dream for my life (enrolling in Film School and becoming a future church planter).  Since it was our only car, we are presently renting, borrowing and being very creative while we look at affordable transportation options. It was just one of many decisions we had to make as we prepared to move.

If you’ve ever moved before, you know the process of getting rid of things you really don’t need, can’t take, or just won’t fit (whether it be the moving truck, the apartment, the house, your waistline, etc). The irony is while combing through stuff, you discover items that you had forgotten even existed. An old book, a crumpled thank you card, a picture that you don’t remember taking.

This is the process of taking inventory:

Cutting the clutter and holding onto what matters most.

In the case of selling our car, we determined that its value didn’t warrant the cross-country shipping costs. Even with that being what it was, it still was difficult. It was a choice that thrust us into a realm of uncertainty far outside of our comfort zone. It is this sense of uncertainty that causes many to reconsider and turn back when chasing their dreams.

Human beings hate the unknown and will hold onto the known even if it’s destructive.  Necessary Endings, a book written by Dr. Henry Cloud references the response of one woman who says, “I know I live in hell, but I know the names of all the streets.” to a group of friends who were trying to encourage her to make positive changes in her life.  Sadly, she was unable to step into the unknown and let go of the known. Though she had taken a careful inventory, she was unable to implement the other half of the action step.

The willingness to embrace uncertainty to live your dream.

Yes it’s crazy, out of this world, and incredibly unorthodox. It rails against conventional wisdom. It stretches common sense to its breaking point and beyond.  It comes without guarantees, assurances, or anything concrete. Real risk is involved and the stakes are extremely high, but when you know that it’s time to make the leap, you’ve got to go. 

And when you do, a strange and peaceful freedom fills your soul. You’ll just know that you’ve made the right choice. It doesn’t mean there still won’t be times where you wake up in a cold sweat and say aloud, “What am I doing?!!!!!?”  Though often scary, uncertainty makes us lean and strong. Uncertainty drives us to pray, eliminate bad habits, and invest in the right places.  It also opens our eyes to look and ask for the miracles. 


Yes, miracles. An unexpected envelope filled with cash from someone you barely know, a chance meeting with the CEO of the company where you were hoping to get hired, a friend that just happens to have a relative that has exactly what you need. Embracing uncertainty takes your life from the mundane to the adventurous.

Live the adventure as you pursue the path of your dreams. 

You can do it. I know you can.

Pastor Julian NewmanJulian Newman is a husband, father, writer, artist and storyteller.  He has passion for creativity, innovation, leadership, outreach and evangelism, mentoring, the arts, reading and teaching the bible. Find him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/JulianNewman


  1. says

    Enjoyed the post, Julian. I remember our family making the same leap years ago as we planted our church. Risky in all kinds of ways? Yes. But there is no safer place then being His will. Blessing to you guys as you step into the new chapter of your ministry.

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