Why Do We Play It Safe?
Over the course of the last four weeks, I have been leading a group in a study called Gracenomics written by Mike Foster of POTSC. It really challenges the way you view the extension of Grace to self and others, even for those of us who “get grace”.
In the third session Mike Foster said, “the pursuit of safety is in direct opposition of God – we need to take risks.“
Risk-Taker Ted or Safety-Net Sally?
This really got me to thinking about this in all areas of life. In context, Mike is referring to extending grace to others. That giving grace is the act of the strong, courageous and brave. It isn’t easy!! It requires risk.
When I conjured up my deeper thoughts on Mike’s statement though, I came to the conclusion that those of us who are believers should be living risky lives. Period.
Living lives filled with fear instead of courage is no way to live. It is for the weak. – Click to Tweet
If we trust God, then why fear?
He provides peace not fear. He provides comfort not angst. He provides strength not weakness.
Why We Choose Safety Over Risk
I believe we choose safety over risk because we are afraid and lack trust.
People and things in our past have hurt us. So, we shut down and shut off all life protecting ourselves from the next onslaught. This way we are SAFE.
Newsflash: You’re dead. Not living. And Weak.
You may say that is harsh and perhaps it is. But, I know better! I know because I’ve lived it. I gave away so many years to that place of fear, angst, rejection, anger, bitterness, depression, hopelessness….AND IT DOESN’T HAVE TO STAY THAT WAY!!
Being a risk taker has been the most freeing time of my life. I have no fear because I know who holds my future. I know who has my back. I know without a shadow of a doubt all things work to good. I have EVERYTHING to live for!
Taking risky trips to third world countries to share Love – sign me up! Forgiving the ex of the horrific things he did – I now live free of it! Challenging you to want better because you deserve it – makes me wake up happy every morning.
Stop pursuing safety in your coffin box you built. Break out of that coma you are in and get on with living!