It’s a risky business following Jesus

I usually get a bit irritated with friends who fill up the in box on my email with round robins. Someone sent me this a couple of years ago.  I wish I knew its provenance.  If you wrote it; thanks I love it!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL YOU WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright colouredlead-based paints.
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a van – loose – was always great fun.
We drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE
actually died from this.
We ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into thebushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. 
We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on sky, no dvds, no surround sound, no mobiles, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
We played with worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
Made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out any eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.They actually sided with the law!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO  DEAL WITH IT ALL!
And
YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

I’m afraid I’m a bit risk averse.  Following Jesus is a risky business.  It involves making a choice. Jesus was not averse to risk taking.  He made risky choices in those he invited to follow him. What was he thinking? Why me, who always like to play it safe?

How do we respond to this God who risks so much in us?

Risky choice or not choosing at all is coming up.  Whatever choice I make it will be OK with God.

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