Life Doesn’t Live on Easy Street

by Mark T. Hancock · 5 comments

I look at the life of the Apostle Paul and see the tremendous changes that his conversion brought to his life. This guy didn’t settle for status quo. He went big-time into the unknown, untested, and unpopular.

We like to choose the smoothest path.

Smooth is overrated.

Smooth dies and nobody notices.

Smooth tolerates and doesn’t make waves.

Smooth doesn’t take risks or leave a legacy.

You can certainly seek security, affirmation, and work worth doing with a guarantee that it (whatever “it” is) will be okay.

Or, you can choose to make a difference…explore, take risks, embrace the possibility of failure as an option. That’s where faith lives.

There is no third option that says you can take risks and do bold things without the possibility of failure.

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

I wanna’ be in that few. Don’t you?

These are my latest 5 posts in the category "risk" (and subcategories):
- The New Gold
- Dark Motives Stirring
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- God and Your GPS
- Life Doesn’t Live on Easy Street

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Christina Lusk January 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Yes, I do… also, I think the number, “Easy Street” from the musical “Annie” is a most appropriate insertion in this entry. You should consider embedding it.

“Easy streeeeet. Easy streeeet……

Just sayin’

But really… don’t.

Tom Van Hoogen January 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

There are those who trust their God for great things and those who trust only themselves for what they can do. Of the twelve spies only two had faith. Of an entire generation only two went on to possess the land testifying, “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.”

It has never been about your strength, but wholly depends on your weakness, your dependence on Him. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9.

Mark T. Hancock January 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

Enjoyed your post on this here.

Chris Salomone January 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

The “Narrow Gate” has been on my mind now for about two weeks. Thanks for confirming it and putting into words how I have been feeling! Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. Now, if I can just Live it, Live it, Live it.
Man, I don’t wanna be smooth and I can’t stand status quo. “Give me Liberty or give me death.” Since, where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Liberty. Or it could be put, Give me Jesus or give me death. For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain.
Man! I wanna go lay hands on somebody! Thanks for gettin’ me all fired up!

Mark T. Hancock January 30, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Thanks, Chris, for commenting. Glad you aren’t among the “walking dead.”

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