Are you playing it safe?

Are you playing it safe? Don’t.

Are you playing it safe? Don’t.

How can you tell if you are playing it safe? Do you feel God has called you to step up and you are avoiding it?

Are you playing it safe

God wants you to report to duty with boldness

God has you where you are for a reason. If your season of life feels like ground hog day, remember, God still destined it (even if just for a short season).

How would you feel if someone called what you did small and insignificant? What if you had been heroic, brave, persistent, and full of integrity … and others still looked down on you? Ouch. 

How can you tell if you are playing it safe?

Look at David’s life.

Even as a little boy, David (who later became King) demonstrated courage like I’ve never seen. As a shepherd, most of his valiance went unseen.

It’s recorded in 1 Samuel 17 that he grabbed a lion and a bear by the jaw and clubbed them to death. He risked his life to protect his father’s sheep and goats.

Now that is someone who takes their job seriously! Wow! 

You’d think that would have earned him a bit of respect? Wrong. He was belittled and underestimated. His brothers and even the King mocked him.

“What are you doing around here anyway?”
“What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of?”
“There’s no way you can fight this Philistine, you’re only a boy!”

What do you think David was feeling? Was he playing it safe?

If you’ve ever been overworked, underpaid, overlooked or unappreciated — then you likely know what he was feeling. So David gave up.

He believed them. He confessed he was a nobody. I mean, that’d be pretty understandable, right? Do you blame the guy??

EXCEPT, David didn’t give up at all. He knew God was on his side.

That young boy faced the giant, pulled back his sling shot and knocked Goliath out. He wasn’t afraid of the giant in front of him because he know how God had provided for him in the past.

When others didn’t believe in him, he bragged about God. When others told him he’d never measure up, he bragged on God. When others tried to hold him back, he bragged about God.

He stepped up to the plate and took action with boldness. Having so much faith that he gave credit to God before the miracle ever happened.

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are you playing it safe

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