LIFE MATTERS

Don’t let security hold you back

By Gerry Lewis | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018

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What do you do when you are shaken all the way down to your foundations?

“Be careful.”

“Be safe.”

“Be vigilant.”

“Be smart.”

Have you ever been on the receiving end of those instructions or given them and something happens? You’ve been careful, safe, vigilant and smart and tragedy strikes anyway.

You then realize that security is a mirage.

I’ve been reading a book over the past few days that I picked up in a coffee shop in Cisco – “Waverly’s: The Story of a Family, Faith, and a Coffee Shop.” It is a story of how one family found through tragedy the life they were meant to live.

I’m also praying for dear friends whose lives have been shaken to the core through unexplainable tragedy this weekend.

Two things occurred to me. One is that we must not try to rob anyone of their grief. People don’t need a way out and they need support through.

“Everything happens for a reason” is one of the absolute worst things we can say to someone whose life has been struck by tragedy. What should we say? As little as possible.

“I love you and I’m praying for you” is good.

The second thing that occurs to me is that safe, careful, vigilant and smart are not bad things, but they are inferior goals.

It’s a good idea to drive safely, but shouldn’t safe driving support the goal of enjoying the journey and arriving at a destination worth pursuing?

I wonder how many people, at the end of life, have said, “I wish I had been more cautious.”

“Life is too short to chase the lure of security,” said Sean Grose, the coffee shop owner and author of Waverly’s.

Once upon a time, I tossed out a little phrase as an afterthought: “Go and be amazing.”

I had no idea that phrase would become the theme of my life and my ultimate pursuit. My life’s calling is helping willing explorers discover the uniquely amazing lives they were meant to live.

Security lures us into the empty mirage of fear-based existence.

Amazing invites us into living “all in.”

Several times a week, I write short encouraging thoughts to a private Facebook group.

The reason I call these posts “Dr. G’s Morning Cup of Encouragement” is because the word encourage means to give courage.

There’s not much courage needed to chase security.

There’s not much chance of this morphing into “Dr. G’s Tips for Arriving Unscathed.”

Once a week, I write this post.

The reason I call it “Life Matters” is because I am absolutely convinced that our lives matter to God and He has invited each of us into an amazing journey with Him.

There’s not much chance of this morphing into “Life Happens and be careful out there.”

Question: How is the lure of security hindering your ability to live “all in?”

Be amazing today, my friend.

Dr. Gerry Lewis, author, blogger, church consultant and leadership coach, serves as executive director of the Harvest Baptist Association in Decatur.

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