I’ve done some dangerous things in life.
I have swam with sharks… many times… even pet them.
I’ve taken off in a two-person airplane (scary!).
The pilot, my husband, had just received his pilot’s license (very scary!).
What was I thinking?
I’ve scuba dived off a 6000-foot drop while a 14-foot hammerhead shark swam by me.
I’ve buried the needle of my speedometer (as high as it would go). I was young and stupid.
I have even looked down the barrel of a loaded gun as someone threatened me.
But none of these things compare to the most dangerous thing I have done.
What’s the most dangerous thing you have done?
Have you parachuted? Raced cars?
Tried something illegal or immoral? Fattening?
Have you done a stunt? Maybe BMX?
Have you quit your job without a way to make money or pay your bills?
We have all done something dangerous.
But none of these things compare to what’s on my mind right now.
Beware of Danger
Today, I had the opportunity to do something extremely dangerous. And I almost did!
This was not the kind of danger with a warning label or beware sign advising of tragedy ahead.
There was no opportunity to choose whether or not to engage.
This was the kind of danger that popped up out of nowhere and there I was, right in the middle of it, before I even realized it.
This is what happened.
David and I were at dinner. Alone, and not discussing business.
For us, this combination of events is as rare as finding a one-carat diamond in your back yard.
Our phones were off and we were focused on each other. Perfect moment.
Then all of a sudden, David’s phone starting buzzing. One text led to another, then a work conversation. After a few more texts, I had had enough.
I requested (ever so sweetly mind you) that he would put his phone away, but he replied, like a devil (because I am the angel in this story), that he would put the phone down in a few seconds and that it wasn’t a big deal.
Somehow, from this simple exchange, I ended up in one of the most dangerous places I have ever been.
Words Can Kill
Poisonous words that could kill our evening, mood, and potentially our relationship, were on the tip of my tongue. They were ready to roll off my lips like silk.
I paused then realized this was a truly dangerous situation.
At one time or another, we all find ourselves in a situation similar to this one.
I’m talking about a situation where we have the opportunity to assassinate our future with a few words.
These words bubble up then out of us in anger, hurt, or defense.
It’s like we are pointing a gun at our future. The safety is off and our finger is on the trigger.
Solomon spoke of situations like these. He wrote,
There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. –Proverbs 12:18 (AMP)
Our future is determined by the decisions we make right now… the words we speak at this moment… the words we speak when a loved one, boss, friend, spouse, or child pushes our buttons (whether intentionally or not) and we are ready to push back.
What’s the cost?
Think about this…
When we recognize the seemingly invisible danger of our words (those words sitting on the tip of our tongues in the heat of the moment… when our blood is boiling), we can continue down the path God has laid before us.
And its totally worth it because God’s path is better than our own.
From the fruit of his words a man shall be satisfied with good… –Proverbs 12:14 (AMP)
Are you ready?
Your next opportunity may be right around the corner!
Now its your turn. Tell me, how have you handled (or mishandled) a dangerous situation in life?
Share your experience in the comments below.