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Reckless Abandon

I have been called a daredevil more than once, and I guess it kind of makes sense. I love jumping off of high towers attached to a zipline or repel rope, I enjoy riding four wheelers and motorcycles, I fly airplanes, and I may or may not have a lead foot while driving my vehicle. I tend to have fun when I'm doing something that has some risk attached to it. I disagree with this label however. You see, everything I do is calculated. I'm never the first one to jump on the rope swing or zipline. I never speed in anything when it would be dangerous. I don't take chances in an airplane and I would classify myself as a safe pilot. Even though I do things that some may qualify as dangerous, they are carefully planned and calculatingly executed. There is little chance of something going wrong and if it did, my mind is already ahead of the problem with a solution.

While my calculated approach to life has helped me stay safe, when it comes to my spiritual life, this mindset is really a detriment. I'm reminded of the lyrics to one of my favorite Casting Crowns songs: "Fearless warriors in a picket fence, reckless abandon wrapped in common sense / Deep water faith in the shallow end and we are caught in the middle / With eyes wide open to the differences, the god we want and the god who is / But will we trade our dreams for his or are we caught in the middle." In our minds we know that we have to surrender, take a chance, let go and let God, yet somehow when it comes down to it, our own common sense seems to get in the way. Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it" (Luke 9:23, 24). Following Jesus is counterintuitive. We have to stop planning and quit calculating. He longs for a full surrender. We need to leap off the cliff, completely trusting Jesus with our lives.

Learning to embrace reckless abandon,

Pastor Sutherland

Joel SutherlandComment