COURAGE QUEST DEVOS
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:1-4 NLT
A few years ago I was driving an little Toyata Celica on a snowy day down the interstate. The roads seemed like they were descent so I decided to pass a semi. As I was passing him I actually prayed this short prayer, “Lord, please don’t let me get eaten by the truck.” It was nearly a second later that my little sport car spun out of control. Luckily, I was spun towards the median on the interstate rather than underneath him. It was on that day that I truly discovered the meaning of black ice.
Black ice is extremely dangerous and extremely invisible. Which is a combo that I find extremely inspiring in regards to missions. I have always been inspired by the nameless people who have done mission work in dangerous places and who have sought no recognition or applause. They are a rare breed and its a good reminder to us that not everything we do needs to be done for the applauding Christians to see. Infact, some ministries will bear more fruit the quieter you are.
I did my “last” interview today on Moody Radio’s program, “Choose this Day” with Nancy Turner. When Nancy asked me to tell the listeners about some of the most dangerous places that I have found myself in, my mind raced in a different direction than the interviews that I had done in the past. I told her…
“As I have thought about this…I think the most dangerous place … that I have ever gone is actually the couch in my own living room. Because it just tempts me to want to stay home. It tempts me to want to pursue the American dream…So when I look at the [most] dangerous places [I’ve been] I guess its [those places] where I start to get comfortable back home and I no longer want to go overseas.”
Inherently, my couch is not a dangerous place…for me. But it is extremely dangerous for the millions of people in the world who are waiting for someone like you and I to fight for them.
That’s why my couch is dangerous. That’s why I am continually daring myself and others to get off the couch.
Caleb Bislow the author of Dangerous and founder of Unusual Soldiers.