Today's word is DANGER.
Last night, Amy and I attended a conference on Compassion. That seems to be a recurring theme for me this month. This is the third time Christ has brought me to think about this word. You can read about the other two times here and here. The speaker last night used the parable of the Good Samaritan to speak about Compassion. During his talk he said that there are many ways of showing compassion but all of them need two components. First, you need to allow others into your life, your needs, your fears, your trials, your innermost feelings. Secondly, you need to allow yourself to enter into their lives the same way. Only then, are you able to truly receive and give Compassion.
Now, I am sure you are wondering why I am going on and on here about Compassion when today's word is DANGER. I guess this conference jumped to the forefront of my mind upon hearing the word danger because to me...sharing my thoughts and fears and life with others is a very dangerous thing. I like to feel in control and it is hard to be in control when you are seeking Compassion from others. Yet, there is a danger in not allowing others to serve you and to always think that you need to be the servant.
THE SERVANT SONG
Listen to the tune
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace
To let you be my servant, too.
It is very easy for me to be the servant to others but that is not all that Christ calls us to be...he also calls us to be served. And that, for me, feels very dangerous. It is scary to expose yourself to others. To let them see the real you and not the you that you want them to see. There is danger in allowing yourself to be loved as well as allowing yourself to love others. But if you hide from that danger for fear of being hurt you will miss all that a relationship has to offer and that is a much bigger danger than not having the relationship at all.