Dangerous

If satan has a pet, I think I know what it is.

Prior to dinner last night, I thought that living dangerously was an adventure left to Indiana Jones and to the dreams of middle-aged men.   That was until  Jeanne told me about a chat she had with her friend Cindy  (perhaps over a nice Pinot or Zin).  They shared a common dream –  to live dangerously for Jesus.

Yes!

But………..

“Should we?….ahhhhh, I dont know….”

Ahhh, the irrationality of human behavior.

Enter satan’s pet.

Seth Godin calls this hesitation – the Lizard. “We say we want one thing, then we do another. We say we want to be successful but we sabotage the job interview.  We say we want to be thin but we eat too much. We say we want to be smart but we skip class or don’t read that book.”

We want to live dangerously for the causes of Christ, but….

“The contradictions never end. When someone shows up and acts without contradiction, we’re amazed. When an athlete just does the sport, or when a writer just writes the words, we can’t help but watch, astonished at the purity of their actions. Why is it so difficult to do what we say we’re going to do?” wrote Seth.

The lizard brain.

“Or as Stephen Pressfield describes it, the resistance. The resistance is the voice in the back of our head telling us to back off, be careful, go slow, compromise. The resistance is writer’s block and putting jitters into every project we attempt.

The resistance grows in strength as we get closer to action, as we get closer to an insight, as we get closer to the truth of what we really want, to the truth that God wants for us.  That’s because the lizard hates change and achievement and risk. The lizard is a physical part of your brain, near the brain stem that is responsible for fear.

Seth wrote “Want to know why so many companies can’t keep up with Apple? It’s because they compromise, have meetings, work to fit in, fear the critics and generally work to appease the lizard. Meetings are just one symptom of an organization run by the lizard brain. Late launches, middle of the road products and the rationalization that goes with them are others.”

Your lizard brain is here to stay, and your job is to figure out how to quiet it and ignore it.

Kingdom work has been stunted by the lizard.  I’m done bowing to him.  I bow only to HIM. Even if that means living dangerously….

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