For some people, risk is like running through an amusement park in wild expectation of the thrills on the horizon. For other people, risk is like running the gauntlet of would be gladiators, awaiting impending torture and possible death. No matter how you see risk, walking in faith is risky because it’s the decision to do what’s unknown, uncomfortable and uncertain. But the other side of faith can be worth the risk:
knowing Jesus better,
stronger confidence in God,
experiences with God that don’t happen without faith
I can appreciate that risk is scary, but I invite you to join me on the faith journey that can be risky rather than the fear journey that can be constrictive. And of course, let’s ask for wisdom along the journey so that our faith / risk isn’t foolish 🙂
Is it possible to be overprotective? Of course. But let’s think of this in broader terms than just raising children, border & immigrant concerns, your reputation, financial investments, etc.
Heres a really important place to think about being overprotective: your heart.
This is what happens to all of us, we get hurt, disappointed, discouraged or disillusioned so we decide to avoid that pain & shield / protect our hearts. In some ways this strategy is functional, but there’s a downside. When we shield / protect our hearts, we begin to compromise our ability to have close relationships & the worst place we can do this is with Jesus.
We must believe with unwavering confidence that Jesus loves us, has a good future for us & is both wise & strong enough to bail us out of any & all misfortunes.
Let’s never protect our hearts from an increasingly intimate relationship with Jesus 🙂
Do things that you’re unfamiliar with make you scared? I don’t think this is an uncommon experience for most people. On the other side, I think that we should sometimes be scared of the familiar or at least uncomfortable. I say this for lots of reasons. Being familiar & comfortable can:
create an illusion of safety & stability
lull us into taking stuff for granted
tempt us to rely on our own wisdom rather than trusting God
Let’s be careful that staying familiar keeps us from following God, growing & looking forward!
I was climbing up a ladder at 2am today, attempting to replace the dying battery on the blasted chirping smoke alarm. Needless to say, this wasn’t my ideal middle of the night wake up experience & for that matter, I don’t think there’s any ideal middle of the night wake up experience!
So how do I relate this to Jesus?
Jesus keeps us safe in unexpected situations – I don’t normally plan for ladder climbing & balance at 2am
Jesus gives us wisdom when we can’t figure out what to do – groggy thinking at 2am
Jesus restores us when we feel depleted – getting back to sleep wasn’t impossible
I totally love this picture. I love looking at everyone’s reactions and of course, I most love seeing this dad shoot his arm out to protect his son from the flying bat about to smash into his son’s head. Of course the photographer who captured this did an amazing job, but the real hero in the picture is the kid’s dad. As I read the back story on this picture, I learned that the kid had his head down & was texting his mom when the baseball player accidently lost his grip on the bat & let it fly out of his hands. While everyone else ducked away, the kid’s dad instinctually protected his son.
This picture makes me think about Good Friday, which is just around the corner. Good Friday is when God the Father sent His only begotten Son to take on the punishment and death that was due to each of us because of the sinful nature passed along to us from Adam’s disobedience to us from Eden. Jesus stepped into our place, received our punishment and redeemed us so we can live a resurrected life with Him. And this resurrected life happens in us because of the continuing work of the Holy Spirit, our Heavenly Help!
I have some really cool friends & they all have their unique strengths. I have some with whom I laugh tons, some that keep my feet on the ground, some who specialize in encouragement along with lots more! So here’s some really cool stuff about Jesus – He’s The Healer, He’s The Repairer, He’s our Joy, He’s our Strength, He’s our Provision, He’s our Love and so much more. For me, this helps me to bring all of my brokenness as a human & nestle into His Wholeness as God. Jesus is all of this & so much more! 😀
Today, we’re taking Benji to get his passport renewed. As a kid, they only last 5 yrs before expiring & he’s about due for his new one. His old one has a pic of him when he was about 4months old – extremely cute & almost all of the pages are filled w stamps from various countries. I looked at the passport yesterday & was extremely amazed that this little guy, who is not even 5, has been around the world – AMAZING!!
Anyways, the passport renewal / application process for kids is pretty extensive because there have been instances of divorced parents “stealing” their kids & moving them overseas. All that is to say that both Reece & I get to go to the postoffice with Benji & all of the documentation & a check for $70 to renew his passport. It will probably take about 2months to get his new one. We do lots of interesting things for our kids & this starts the minute you find out your pregnant (including giving up coffee). I wonder what other interesting things we’ll be doing for and with them as they grow up.