Intersecting Life and Faith

You’re Safe

This is a recent post, but I keep seeing other articles about living a safe life.

But God is not safe, so why is it that we value our safety so highly? We tend to value it above just about everything else. This isn’t just physical safety—the kind of thing that keeps us inventing and wearing seatbelts and the kind of thing that keeps us locking our doors at night. This is safety that keeps us from going outside our comfort zones, from refusing to do the difficult things that take us beyond what we are comfortable with. –Tim Challies

Several years ago I said to a friend:

Life is too short to play it safe all the time. JG

At the time I couldn’t explain what I meant exactly, but she knew what I was saying because she quoted me on her facebook info page. I often think about what I was trying to say.

Being safe is often associated with our physical sense of security, of being out of danger, sheltered or shielded. That is not what I am referring to.

As I was reading over the weekend I was thrilled to find someone had already had this thought, but said it more eloquently.

Lord of the Rings, written by Tolkien has this to say…

A dialogue between Aragorn, the heir of Gondor, and Eowyn, a noblewoman of Rohan. Eowyn is pleading to join Aragorn on a dangerous journey. After Eowyn says she fears neither death nor pain, Aragorn asks what she does fear, and Eowyn replies with a profound statement:

I(Eowyn) fear a cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valor has gone beyond recall or desire. Tolkien

Meaning the longer I play it safe and avoid risk and potential loss, the more I will accept the present and lose my capacity to dream about and shape the future. When I give my fears more authority than the Spirit of God, all chance of God-exalting valor and generational impact is lost. J.R. Vassar–Founding pastor of Apostles Church in NYC

Life is too short to play it safe all the time= I do not and will not base my decisions on fear or what if, but will submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit in my life, whether that is climbing a mountain in the Adirondacks or following Jesus across the pond, I will go where He leads.


  1. judy gates

    Great preaching sister! You inspire me;-)

  2. Lori

    wow, i like this…”when I give my fears more authority than the spirit of God”… so true! Fear has never been famous for its logic.

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