The One Secret to Fully Living

The One Secret to Fully Living

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When I was in my early 20’s and felt invincible I started climbing a bunch of big mountains. I got in my head that I was gonna climb the seven summits – the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.

The dream was short lived because I had no money and I kind of chickened out after a frightening experience. But I’ve always been impressed with the bravery and willingness to take risks of the people who do all seven summits.

So the other day someone was telling me about a guy she knew who had climbed all seven. He had just gotten home from climbing Mt. Everest, the highest of the seven, when he went out for a run and got hit by a garbage truck and died.

Seriously. The dude survived some of the most dangerous scenarios you could ever face and then got killed less than a mile from his home. Tragic.

I think about that guy a lot. He reminds me that security is a myth. Life is inherently dangerous. You can cheat death a zillion times and then die in the strangest of ways. Last year a guy in Florida was fast asleep when his house got swallowed in a sink hole.

Life is not safe. If you think it is, you are deluded.

In light of this reality I think you have two options:

Option A:
Live in constant fear and try to protect yourself. But there’s no way you can. Garbage trucks are everywhere my friends.

Option B:
You can get brave and step out. You can remember that your only real security is following Jesus wherever he leads. He’s got your back. And even if he leads you into some risky business, or even death, you can be confident that in life or death you brought him glory, because your bravery showed the world your hope was in something besides power or money or all those other illusions of security.

I do my best to choose Option B and it has worked out quite well so far. Don’t get me wrong. It’s freakin’ scary. But I believe it’s the only real way to live fully.

Live fully. Embrace risks God puts in front of you. Don’t be afraid.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38