No dead ends
I think that through the years, I have encountered large decisions, time and again, and each time I tend to consider the worst case scenario.
I thought this was wise, for after all who wouldn't "first sit down and count the cost".
And failure (even now) appears to me to be the highest cost of them all.
But what is the ultimate failure?
Do we allow ourselves to truely face the worst case scenario?
Or do we only construct just enough "worst case" to justify never giving it a go?
Because it would appear to me, that the worst outcome that any decision could lead to is death. Death of yourself, sure, but also perhaps death of others?
And so fear dictates that we change our course of action.
And yet in Christ, there appears to be a unique set of circumstances...
With the words of Paul in his 1st letter to the corinthians, this is laid out, in chapter 15:42-44 It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies.
And so, with the promise of resurrection for those who are in Christ, death is no longer a valid "worst case scenario". Because ultimately, there are no dead ends... Not even in the grave.
And so therefore, what is the worst case scenario?
In the story of the Talents, Jesus gives us the answer...
The worst case scenario is to do nothing. To bury what we have been given in the ground, least we mess it up. To that servant comes a casting out into the darkness. That, is truly a worst case scenario.
So the question is simple?
What have you buried? What has been entrusted to you that you are doing nothing with?
Is it because of fear? If so, in Christ, find the freedom that comes in knowing there are no dead ends.
Is it because you're just lazy? Well... that question might be a bit stinging, but, get out and do something ;)