I caught myself praying this morning, "keep me safe and protect us". Think about it. Here is my prayer..."God I want to play it safe and I want a promise that nothing bad will happen to me and or my family. Oh, While you are at it... bless me really big." You see the narcissistic bent on my prayers. In Joshua we read, "Be strong and courageous because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the let, that you may be successful wherever you go." Joshua 1:6 & 7.
Just over two years ago my son came telling me that he was going to join the army. Immediately the words, "I would rather you die for something, than to live for nothing", came out of my mouth. He replied, "That's what I was thinking". On another occasion I talked with a young man who was contemplating going in the army. I told him if he went he might die. his reply was, "Then I will die."
We can't deny the fact that we all have a need for security, but at the same time their is something deep inside our souls that long for adventure. We want our lives to count. We become most alive when we take risk or narrowly escape death or injury.
Jesus invites us to take up our cross, deny ourselves and to die daily.
There is something daring and dangerous about following Jesus. So today I changed my prayer, "Father make me brave and bold."