My theme for 2010: UNSAFE. I choose to live my life unsafely.
- be bold
- put my heart on the table
- make art that speaks LOUDLY
- risk rejection
- give myself wholly as God commands
- surely offend someone
- get hurt
- heal and grow
- live a life focused on helping others
Today I’ve seen so many well wishes for 2010 including the phrase, “Be safe.” While I totally understand the intent of this phrase for a night like tonight, “Be safe” has struck a nerve within my stubborn and passionate self. “Be Safe” to me is a command, and I choose to say NO. (Let me qualify this statement. I am not referring to drinking and driving.)
My heroes sum it up. Meet Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Jews living in captivity in Babylon. Unwilling to bow to the king’s very large golden image upon risk of death by fiery furnace, these bold men said right to the king’s face:
O Nebuchadnezzar (the king), we are not careful (full of care) to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
Did you catch that? They knew God was able to deliver them from the furnace, but were willing to die either way. They definitely did not make a safe choice. (By the way, God did deliver them. Check out Daniel 3 for the whole story.)
I don’t want to make choices that are comfortable, relevant, trendy, or safe just because the outcome of the choices would make my life easier or more socially accepted. I want to live boldly, serving and giving in ways that may be difficult, challenging, or risky. While I will not go looking for danger, I’ve found that following God’s lead makes life quite interesting.
Wishing you all a fruitful 2010 full of boldness, risks and adventure.