Out on a Limb
I’ve been thinking about something lately, thinking about what kind of person I am. Here’s one of my conclusions: I’m not a risk taker. I like to play things safe. I like predictability. I like routine. I like knowing the probable outcome of something before I engage in it.
That needs to change.
It’s good from time to time to take inventory of ourselves. A little introspection is healthy; it’s how we grow, how we challenge ourselves to break free of the mold (both kinds . . . think about it) we’ve become so comfortable in.
For this reason, I like the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s a book where King Solomon does a little self-analysis and discovers how wrong he’s been. At the end he gives his conclusion on the whole matter of life and death and living and dying. After twelve chapters of introspection and brutal honesty, the wisest man to ever live gives this final statement.
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Hmm, doesn’t say anything in there about playing it safe. In fact, if we’re going to keep God’s commandments, there’s not much room for “safe.” If we’re going to keep God’s commandments, there’s gotta be a whole lotta risk-takin’ goin’ on. To really keep His commandments, we’ve gotta go out on that limb and risk everything, trusting him to hold us up.
So . . . after thought and introspection and self-analysis, here’s my conclusion of the matter: Life is too short and too much is at stake to play it safe.
Sounds bold, doesn’t it? Now I have to find the courage to actually live it. Now I have to find the faith to climb out on that limb and see what wondrous, yes, even strange and mysterious, things God will do.