When I hear that term my mind goes to a brand that was popular when I was in high school. Do you remember “No Fear”?
I’m not referring to living dangerously as B3 was on his bike last night. He struggled to get up that big hill. He was ok because he felt my hand on his back the entire time. Today was a little different because I was in flip flops. I wouldn’t be able to run after him down the hill and make sure he was ok. He turned his bike around and started down the hill. The training wheels clanked against the road as he picked up speed. By this time he was far ahead of me and fear set in.
B3 was living dangerously. He had traveled out of my reach and he turned his head to see where I was. He took his hands off the handles and feet off the pedals. The bike starts toward the curb and I start running toward him. He is out of control. The bike crashes into the curb and I grab him by the arm before he bounces off the asphalt.
That is living dangerously, but I want to steer us into a different direction tonight. A quick seven points about living dangerously.
Trust God Dangerously
The Bible is the most dangerous book in the world. What other book will get you killed in certain foreign countries? We must get our families in the dangerous book! We must set the example in this area of our family life. If we ourselves are not reading and studying it will do no good telling our kids to do it.
Unconditional love. That Is dangerous love. The verse that stands out to me supporting this is:
John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Do your kids know that you love them unconditionally? Do you know that God loves you unconditionally. He does not put if/then statements on His love for us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Forgive and Ask for Forgiveness Dangerously
We have gotten to the point where we are scared to lead. We don’t want to make decisions because we fear failure or criticism. Maybe we have been told we were wrong when making a decision and it just limits us from making large decisions. We feel it is just easier to not make any decisions than to make one and be wrong in someone else’s eyes. We are afraid to be wrong.
I won’t even start with the work ethic that is seen in some people today. We must cultivate a generation of self starters who are not afraid to work. I know it is much easier sometimes for us just to do the work instead of fixing what the kids have messed up. Just let them mess it up and do the work. What is it really teaching them if we are always doing the work for them? Thomas Edison has a great quote “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
We have all had to do or thought about it at some point. We write out our priorities in life. It goes something like God, Family, Church, Work, etc. and if anyone asks and we proudly tell them. We have to look at that for what it is, words on a piece of paper. What are we living? Look back at point 1, what example are we setting? What are our living priorities? Sadly, it is usually backward from what we write on the paper.
What have you given up for your family? What did you want in life when you were younger? How has that changed? Are you giving a willing sacrifice or are you reminding everyone every chance you get? I guess you could say humble sacrifice. You don’t sacrifice for the sake of drawing attention to yourself. Your kid’s families will thank you for it in the future.
Why should we live dangerously? God doesn’t want us to cower under a rock until He returns. We must live dangerously for Him now and for future generations!