I love safety. Security is one of my top five core values. However, my dad used to always tell me, “Safety in God is not the absence of danger…it’s just the presence of faith in the face of fear.” He said that kind of stuff because he’s pretty much brilliant. Anyway, here’s a clip from a message by Francis Chan (one of my new favorites) that addresses the same issue – also brilliantly. It’s only 3 minutes, but it’ll mess with your head and your plans and definitely your view of safety if you let it.

P.S.  How much do I wish I could preach from a balance beam?  MUCH!


  1. Good morning Bo…
    I realized yestrday that now that you are a wordpress woman as I am that I “know” what your administrator page looks like(ignorance was bliss when you were a Blogger)…so you can see how many times I click onto your blog just to check to see if there is a new post…just so you know…I truly am not a stalker…no need for a restraining order…I promise!

    I will comment on today’s great post later…as it HAS definitely messed with my mind a bit but Caleb and his playdough are calling me so until later!

  2. LOL! Actually, since it’s everyone who clicks from your site to mine, I always assume that it’s just curious onlookers, lost in the black hole of blogdom. (Honestly, I can’t believe how much time it costs me when I start to roam around.)

  3. Jessica Carpenter

    Go figure, I was already planning on coming home this weekend! (I have no Friday classes… so my plan was to head back Thursday in time for Emerge!) I can’t believe my luck. I’m excited for both the message and (of course) the shout out :). See you in 3 days!!

  4. This speaks to me on many levels as I was a gymnast in another life…the balance beam provides a great visual and it will be forever embedded in my mind during those times where I am tempted to retreat when I should take some risks…allowing God to be God in each situation. If I were completely honest with myself there are a few areas that from the recent past have left me a bit gun shy…I am thankful for the visual reminder of the dismount after just clinging on until the end…I am rambling now…although when I do cartwheels now…I see stars literally…I want to a bit more spiritual cartwheels…and see Him…The Bright and Morning Star.

    Bless you Bo and I hope you and Steve got some time of wonderful refreshment this past weekend.


  5. I love that guy…and I sure love you! I gotta find some more of his stuff. Is youtube a good place? Hope shooting goes well today!

  6. Linds – http://www.cornerstonesimi.com is his church’s web site and has most of their messages online (love when churches do that!) You Tube has some good conference stuff.

  7. Wow, that guy just made me feel about 2 inches tall. Such brilliant truth and so well conveyed. I’ve decided I’m going to preach from a balance beam from now on – just because people will think I’m athletic. Hee! You’re brilliant as always!

  8. Bo, this video was very encouraging!!! How true it is that we tend to “play it safe” and don’t give things over fully to Christ! Thanks for the encouragement!!! Blessings, Cassie’s sister Lindsey

  9. Thanks for the comment,Lindsey. I’m working on the risk-taking part of my life. Some areas I’m good at it, some areas I’m still clinging to the balance beam (not pretty!) Hope things are well for you up north! 🙂