And when you think you are in the most danger is when you are the safest
“Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”
I recently read a book which gave an account of a Family with young children that lived near a large ditch that was often full of irrigation water.
The parents were always on high alert to make sure that their kids wouldn’t drown in the water. As a result, they were able to keep their kids safe.
Without creating a sense of panic, the mindset of these parents is one that we all would do well to adopt.
When you think you are the safest is when you are in the most danger
My Sister-in-Law recently completed her master’s thesis. As part of her research, participants were shown a video in which an individual recounted their personal experience dealing with an addiction.
She found that those watching the video were less likely to believe that they were susceptible to that addiction.
When the intention of the ads was to discourage the addiction, they actually increased the chances that a person may be susceptible to it. The ads gave a false sense of security.
Studies have also shown that people who believe they are not susceptible to subliminal marketing are in fact more susceptible to it than others.
It’s time to check your own assumptions about how wonderful everything in your life is.
Think you’re in a secure job with good benefits and a great future?
Double check your assumptions and you may be surprised at where you’re really headed.
Or maybe in your mind, you are the “world’s greatest parent.”
But maybe as you take a more careful look at the amount of “quality time” you spent with your kids, you realize that it just consists of you on your phone the entire time.
Have you fallen into the trap of thinking that you haven’t put on that many pounds since starting your desk job?
Only as you look into the mirror one night (maybe tonight) you see just how much of a toll all those sedentary years have taken on your life.
Take a good, long, hard look at your assumptions. Spiritually, socially, mentally, and physically. Are you assuming things that, upon further inspection, are clearly incorrect?
You just might be in more danger than you think.
But there is hope.
When you think you are in the most danger, you are the safest (or most prepared, rather)
Thinking that we are constantly in danger is not about always living with a sense of dread and panic.
Safety is not as simple as just “not being in danger.”
Safety is the faith that with hard work and careful, intentional preparation, the futures we all desire for ourselves and those we love can be attained.
Safety means happiness, peace, love, and health.
What are these worth to you?
Living in safety is about constant preparation for the challenges which face you every day.
As you thoroughly prepare, you annihilate fear.
Think all the way back to the last test you took, whenever that was for you, and you’ll recognize just how true this is.
When you eliminate fear by thorough preparation, you open up your world to limitless possibilities previously unavailable to you.
Believe that things will always work out and work as hard as if they won’t.
Then when your life does work out better than you had ever imagined, set a bigger, hairier, more audacious goal for yourself.
Living with the mindset of “always in danger” means living always in preparation mode.
Vigilantly prepare in every aspect of your life and you will be amazed at what you can achieve.
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