by Kerry Shook

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Reckoning (3 of 4)
Series: CUL-DE-SAC: Keeping The Suburbs From Stealing Your Soul
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Rom. 12:1-2 (NIV, Ph)


• Mark 11:17 (NASB)


• Rom. 12:4-5 (Ph)


Things have definitely changed a lot since I was a kid. I think we're a lot more safety conscious when it comes to our children than our parents were. For those of you in my generation, just think about it. We rode bikes with no helmets. Can you believe that? We rode in cars with no seatbelts or airbags, and we never drank bottled water. No Dasani or Evion or Ozarka. We drank from a garden hose for Pete's sake. It didn't kill us. I think we took more risks because we had to create our own adventure because we didn't have Nintendo DSs or X-Boxes or PCs or chat rooms or my space, but we did have Pong. Remember that? Two paddles on a screen and the ball would just go back and forth. Boop, boop, boop, boop, boop. No wonder we had to go out side and take some risk and create our own adventure. And we would play outside all day, and we wouldn't come back until dark and our parents could care less. They knew we would be safe.

Now, there's nothing wrong with being protective of our kids; and my kids always accuse me of being overprotective. But, I do think many times we try to make it our goal in life to take out all risks from life, and we think happiness means being comfortable and being safe. In fact John Ortberg says, "We cherish comfort." Comfort sells. We sit in La-Z-Boys not Risky Boys. We like to be comfortable. Now there's nothing wrong with comfort and safety. It's just that when you start making it your goal in life to be comfortable and you start building sort of a cul-de-sac of comfort around your life and you start building a little suburb of safety and that's your goal in life, what happens is you lose passion for life because you were created for so much more than that. You were created for a great adventure. You were created to take great risks and face great challenges, and when you begin to build your little cul-de-sac of comfort and have it your goal in life, to be safe and comfortable and risk-free, than your soul begins to shrink. And we're in this series on how to restore your soul and nourish your soul, but everyone of us has a nagging question in the depths of our soul that we rarely let come to the surface, and it's this question: How do I reconcile with the fact that I'm drinking my $5 mocha-latte, that I need everyday to get started, while over half the world lives on less than $2 a day. That's three billion people that live on less than $2 a day.
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