Lord, Keep Us Safe: The Misguided Prayer of Western Christians

What if we took a risk, or two? On the basis that our comfort, and even our lives are not over with our physical death, and that they are worth less than obedience to God, and the opportunity to serve others and tell them about Jesus?
“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose…”

Her Life, His Commission

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“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”
– William G.T. Shedd

A few years back, a couple of young women I know volunteered to take a missions trip for which they were both well prepared and qualified. After some discussion by the deciding committee, they decided that it was “not safe” to send two women alone, so they didn’t get to go. Situations like this one leave me struggling with the question of whether we as Western Christians really trust God or not.

We all know that life is full of risk. Every day I get up and walk out my door, I risk getting in a car accident, being hit by a bus, being assaulted, or just having a brain aneurism and dying on the spot. These possibilities require no reckless action on my part, but are simply the dangers associated with living…

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