How many of us have gone through life just "playing it safe"? I want you to sit and think about that for a minute before you continue reading. Well, I have always tried to play it safe. How may you ask? I have always been fearful of things in life. It started as a young child. Unfortunately, the fear became a part of me and caused me always to be mindful of everything that I did. I was afraid of something happening to me in life, I tried my best to protect my self from people, and also trying to be the best daughter that I could be to not only my parents but to God. Although I was a rebellious teenager that didn't work, so I did everything that I could to be a perfect daughter to God once I entirely gave my life to Him in 2013. Many of us have grown up in households, or even churches that caused you to act a certain way, or you had to be mindful of not doing things that caused people to look at you with disgust. So many of us have developed the play it safe mindset because we were afraid of not only disappointing people but, most importantly, frustrating God.
I have played it safe so many times throughout my life. When I entirely gave my life over to Christ in 2013 after my horrible car accident, I told myself that I would never do anything to disappoint God. I did everything that I could to stay the perfect daughter because I knew that, in reality, I was not perfect in anyone else's eyes. So I tried my best to do everything pleasing to God. I didn't party, drink, or even date men. I kept a low profile, took care of my son, and did my best to read my bible and pray. I also tried to play it safe when I would pay my tithes because I was fearful of what would happen if I didn't. For so many years, I had the mindset that if you didn't pay your tithes, God would punish me., but you would also receive blessings because of it. So I paid my tithes the best that I could to avoid being punished and also to receive blessings from Him. Although knowing that paying my tithes was important, and it honored God, at the time, it was not about Him. It was about my wants and my needs. I was being selfish, self-centered, and trying to play it safe.
I thought living a small mediocre life was fine. I was keeping it safe by making life choices easy for myself. I was doing enough to get by and refusing to reach for anything higher. There was a time that I had become too complacent in life, and I just figured this was where I was supposed to be. I was okay with where I was at that moment. Little did I know that God had big plans for my life. I was afraid of growth and self-discovery. I wanted to stay in my comfort zone. Y'all, I had become such a hermit with my everyday life. I had become so predictable. Everyone knew what my routine was; even my own nephew knew my life routine. I was afraid of things happening so I used my introverted mindset as an excuse. I was scared of things happening that would take me out of my comfort zone, so I played it safe to stay in it. I didn't want to push myself into new discoveries of who I was becoming.
Many of us may remember the story of the men with the talents in Matthew 25: 14-28. The man who was going on the journey gave talents to three of his servants before he left. While he was gone, one servant invested what he was given and received it back with interest. When the man returned and found out what the servant did with the talent, he said, "Well done, you upright and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much" The second servant did the same and was told the same thing by the man. But the third servant buried his talent in the ground because he was afraid. When the man found out what the servant did, he was so upset with him that he took away his talent and gave it to the servant who had the ten talents.
Many of you may ask why I am sharing this story. There are many revelations that I received from this while reading it as many of you may also as you go read it. One of the revelations that the Holy Spirit revealed to me was the third man was playing it safe. Although while reading it, you might say no, he was looking out for his master, but honestly, he wasn't. He was looking out for himself. He was afraid of what would happen, so he decided to play it safe, and it cost him. He tried to protect himself, and he was self-centered. Was he afraid of responsibility, afraid of failure, fearful of criticism, or maybe afraid of hard work?
That was also me. Afraid of the unknown. afraid to take the talent that God gave me and use it for his glory. I was okay with playing it safe, but God saw differently for me. I can't believe that God has chosen me! But I decided that I will no longer play it safe anymore! I can't. There are too many people waiting for what your voice has to say, to carry and to offer. There are dreams still waiting to be birthed. There are goals, desires, and ideas within me. I am not going to play it safe and live small. I encourage you who are reading this to do the same! No more playing it safe! Your life has so much purpose! You may not realize it now, but you are here for a reason. No matter what your background may consist of, there is purpose within you. There is a purpose behind every single thing in life, and I am starting to realize that now.
"So, now, I exhort you with this truth: Don't spend all your life playing it safe! Safety is very comfortable, but it may be keeping you from God's perfect plan for your life...Joyce Meyer
If God has given you a dream or desire, you owe it to yourself to begin it and discover His will for your life! Sometimes playing it safe is really not safe!
Remember that “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see”. Hebrews 11:1 (NLT). So walk in faith, willingly learning to trust God and no longer needing to play it safe with your life. Your life is in God’s hands! He’s got you all the way! Stepping out on faith is not just an option it’s a necessity.