Thursday, May 19, 2016

In A Dangerous Time



How does one live when difficult and dangerous times arise? When our economy is in decline, when our politicians must act decisively, when a mother must look for work to support her family, when a man considers work in another part of the country, when fire threatens our home and livelihood, when the word "cancer" comes from the lips of our doctor, when a country has sent troops to a civil war in a far-flung part of the world . . .

All of us must face difficulty, uncertainty, and even danger. Here is a collection of things others have said about how one must live in dangerous times. 

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. Nelson Mandela

David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

But I replied, “Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won’t do it!” Nehemiah 6:11 (NLT)

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger. Rainer Maria Rilke

One minute you're waiting for the sky to fall
The next you're dazzled by the beauty of it all
Lovers in a dangerous time
Lovers in a dangerous time. Bruce Cockburn

What is my stance when faced with danger, disease, financial stress, difficulty? Surely, I will call upon the Lord. I will not run from danger; nor will I seek it out. I will take from the hand of God whatever is offered. I will rely upon God to sustain me through the path on which he leads me.

I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.
2 Samuel 22:4 (NLT)

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 (NLT)

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