My friend, may I ask you a question? Being cautious from a decision-making standpoint is a good idea. But, did you know that an overcautious mindset can result in a bad outcome? Being too cautious may not always be the best choice? Has God become your hotel or your passport to new horizons?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Do you consider yourself a cautious person? I don't know about you but my Mom and Dad always taught me to “look before I leap.” That simple parental axiom made a lot of sense, not just from a physical standpoint, but from all manner of decisions in life: finances, dating, marriage, car buying, and the list goes on. A cautious approach to these things can keep you out of a lot of trouble in this life. No doubt about it, a good rule of thumb and smart advice from any parent.
But, did you also know that an overcautious mindset can also result in a bad outcome? Being too cautious may not always be the best choice?
Throwing caution to the wind is not a good idea no matter how you are presently living your life. No one needs to live out their days, Houdini-like, dangling upside down with just seconds to spare before what was once dangerous has suddenly become perilous. God created you and I with caution in mind. A careful approach to what we say, what we do, and how we do it is completely in line with what the Bible teaches. Nevertheless, the Bible also teaches that "doing" is a natural extension of being. Being over-cautious, unable to do anything because we fear the consequences of action over inaction, is hardly God-like. A disciple is a disciple not only based upon what he knows but what he does. If Bible class or Sunday school doesn't translate into a Monday application, there is no learning, only listening. A Christian must commit to action every day of his or her life. When we don't, not only are we denying others our help, we are denying ourselves a unique opportunity to watch God in action. That's something no Christian should want to miss.
Here’s a thought. The German philosopher Goethe wrote: “The moment we definitely commit ourselves, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help us that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events occurs, make unforeseen incidents foreseeable and finding material blessings that no man could have dreamed coming our way. Whatever you can do or dream do it, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” (Goethe.)
The time to begin is always the moment. How true that is in all of our lives. Every day is an opportunity to begin something, to put into action the dreams that we have dreamed and watch the stream of events unfold before us as God takes our beginnings and brings these to his end. Too many Christians are always on the defensive, ready to fend off the Devil but never ready to take the Sword of the Spirit and boldly advance against the foe. They're afraid, perhaps cautious to a fault, never ready to given chance even a small place in their lives. Is there a dream in your life that needs doing? Do it today. No one is asking you to throw caution to the wind. God will always be there to catch you if you fail. Remember, the Bible tells us that “God is our refuge and our strength.” It does not tell us that he is our hotel and our excuse. Examine your life today. Has God become your hotel? Perhaps it’s time to check out?
We pray. Heavenly Father, your Word gives us many examples of being cautious. A Christian should never be overzealous or foolish. But, sometimes Father we become overcautious, unwilling to take chances, even predisposed to sameness and safety above all else. Forgive us Lord when we see you as a haven and never as an entrepreneur of our mistakes. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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