July 7, 2020

Today is haircut day.  And while I am not sure how wise it is to allow Shannon to hold a sharp pair of scissors near my neck, I’m going to have to risk it because I am beginning to look like Cousin It from The Addams Family (if you are young, you will have to look that up).

Life is full of risk.  Driving a car involves the risk of an accident.  Raising a child involves the risk of breaking your heart.  Being married involves the risk of the relationship deteriorating.  Investing money in the stock market involves the risk of financial loss.  Riding a horse involves the risk of getting bucked off.  Asking someone out on a date involves the risk of rejection.  Starting a new business involves the risk of failure.  Planting a field involves the risk of a drought.  Being around other people involves the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus.  Writing Daily Devotionals involves the risk of offending someone.  The list of risks goes on and on and on….

Life is full of risk but that does not mean we are to through caution to the wind.  Christians are not irresponsible people.  The Bible never says, “Be ye stupid.”

We drive cars safely, raise our children with love and support, continually work to strengthen our marriages, make smart financial investments, make sure we have both feet in the stirrups, only ask someone on a date when they are worth the effort, give starting a new business our best effort, plant a field at the right time of year, practice social distancing and wear a mask, and listen for God’s guidance from the Daily Devotionals (or whatever form of spiritual discipline we practice).

But in this world where risks are always present, there is a sure bet.  That’s why Paul says to the Christians in Rome:  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)

God is the only One where there is no risk.  Giving our lives to Jesus Christ may seem like foolishness to some, but to those who truly believe, it is a sure thing.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me to truly live my life to its fullest.  Help me make smart decisions that bring you joy.  And when I experience failure, pick me up, dust me off, and help me continue to be the person you created me to be.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Life is full of risk – that’s life.  But trusting in the One who created, redeemed, and sustains us always ends up exactly the same – heaven.   That’s a good thing.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins