Security in Christ
John Bowlby, a British psychologist whose thinking and research laid the foundations for attachment theory, once made the statement that “life is best organized as a series of daring adventures from a secure base.” I heard this quote recently when Tom Selleck’s character said it on the TV show, “Blue Bloods.”
It doesn’t really matter where it came from – I like the balance that it communicates. A life of daring adventures without a secure base is chaotic. A life with a secure base without daring adventures is misused. “Misused?” you ask. Isn’t that a bit harsh? I don’t think so.
It’s easy to slip through life without taking any risks – without making your life count. The world tells you that security is the ultimate goal. Good upbringing. Good school. Good career. Good marriage. Good kids. Good retirement. These are all worthy goals. They’re safe…but do these goals make your life count for eternity?
John Piper, in his book, Don’t Waste Your Life writes, “Risk is woven into the fabric our finite lives. The enchantment of security is a mirage. It is right to risk for the cause of Christ, and not to is to waste your life.”
I often ask myself two questions – “Does my life demonstrate faith in an all-providing, all-ruling and all-satisfying God? and “Am I loving those whom God brings into my life?” In order to live out both of these callings, it requires Christ within me, which in turn, results in taking risks without. Trusting God is not a comfortable choice. Waiting on God takes so much more patience than “fixing” life myself. Engaging is much more unsure than declining. Surrendering my rights is less natural than demanding them.
But abundant life is all about trusting, waiting, engaging and surrendering. Abundant life is about having strong roots and abundant fruit but the perceived security in grades, career, family and retirement is so tempting. I am constantly reminded of Jonathan Edwards wise words – All earthly delights are but streams. But God is the ocean.
I really like his perspective.
Secure base in Jesus.
Daring adventures with Jesus.
Abundant living every day He gives me breath.
MAKE A MOMENT TO MUSE
- Are you naturally a risk taker? Why?Why not?
- Do you like the idea of “acceptable risk” that Ben Carson introduces in his book, “Take the Risk?” ( I would highly recommend this book – excellent ideas about wise decision making)
- Where does God come into your life when you are facing a decision that involves risk?
speak truth: He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33.6