Risks & Safe Places
Yesterday it struck me how our faith calls us to take risks so that safe places can be created for others. During an interview I did with Bob Chase, the Founding Director of Intersections International, he described his recent trip to Pakistan. In sharing the profound moments of exchange that occurred, he said that one of Intersection’s goals is to create a safe place for people to come together. I realized then that Bob and his team took great risks so that a safe place could be created.
The big “aha” for me was that we are all called to take some risks so that safe places can be created. And one need not travel to some exotic locale to do this. Sometimes the risk we take is asking someone with whom there is tension, “Are we ok?” rather than pretending nothing is wrong. Sometimes it is saying, “I’m sorry” to someone we’ve wounded, when we’d rather not think about what we’ve done.
The great risk we need to take is being vulnerable with one another. Unless we take the risk of letting people see us for who we really are, we will never address real issues. This is scary business, I know. When we let our guard down and let people in, we never know the response that awaits us. Here’s when we need to remember Jesus’ simple command, “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). It doesn’t mean that emotions still won’t run high and tempers may flare. It does mean that the love God has shown us in Christ will help us find a way through it all.