Things have definitely changed a lot since I was a kid. I think we’re a lot more safety conscious when it comes to our children today than our parents were. For those of you in my generation, just think about it. We rode bikes with no helmets. Can you believe that? We rode in cars with no seatbelts or airbags, and we never drank bottled water. No Dasani or Evian or Ozarka. We drank from a garden hose. It didn’t kill us. I think we took more risks because we had to create our own adventure. We didn’t have Nintendo DSs or Xboxes or PCs or chat rooms or Facebook, but we did have Pong. Remember that? Two paddles on a screen, and the ball would just go back and forth. Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop. No wonder we had to go outside and take some risk to create our own adventure. We would play outside all day, and we wouldn’t come back until dark, and our parents couldn’t care less. They knew we would be safe.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with being protective of our kids, and my kids always accuse me of being overprotective. I do think, many times, we try to make it our goal in life to take out all risks from life. We think happiness means being comfortable and being safe. In fact, John Ortberg says, “We cherish comfort.” Comfort sells. We sit in La-Z-Boys not Risky Boys. We like to be comfortable. There’s nothing wrong with comfort and safety. It’s just that when you start making it your goal in life to be comfortable, you start building sort of a cul-de-sac of comfort around your life. You start building a little suburb of safety and you lose passion for life because you were created for so much more than that. You were created for a great adventure. You were created to take great risks and face great challenges. When you begin to build your little cul-de-sac of comfort and have it your goal in life to be safe and comfortable and risk-free, then your soul begins to shrink.
God challenges us to be more like him, which means it will be it will be uncomfortable because we are only human and strive to be like what we define as great humans.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.” Rom. 12:1-2