In matters of faith it may not be ‘biblical’ to do so, but I’m looking in the mirror as I write this realizing I need to dare myself, so I’m going to dare everyone. And the reason why is that most of the time, the God I profess and the God I actually believe in are two different beings: the former is too small and the latter is sometimes just a God I give lip service to but do not always act like I believe. I say I believe in Jesus but my actions sometimes betray those ‘beliefs.’ I am human and quite ordinary but God, well, God is Extraordinary.
So it is Double Dog Dare time (and remember the “Mirror Principle” counts here, namely the principle that states I’m really having a conversation with myself and God and you are simply ‘overhearing’ it):
- I dare you to try and out give God.
- I dare you to let God’s comforting and disturbing grace turn your life upside-down, and therefore right-side up.
- I dare you to turn to prayer before turning to worry, fear, or panic.
- I dare you to let go of every ‘small’ image you have of God and ask him to replace those ‘idols’ with the truth of just who God is.
- I dare you to believe that emotions, circumstances and feelings do not determine all of what the truth is (but yes, they can help, guide and teach).
- I dare you take God at his word – all of it.
- I dare you to ask God to enlarge your ‘territory’ for his purposes.
- I dare you to ask God to bless you so you can be a Blessing.
- I dare you to pray ‘big’ for God is big and we can not out give God.
- I dare you to ask God to use you in wonderful ways for his good pleasure and then make yourself available (and also put your seat belt on).
- I dare you to pray everyday to be filled with God’s love and then to let him fill you.
- I dare you to go and give away God’s amazing love, without discretion and with reckless abandon.
- I dare you to surrender every aspect of your life to God and to truly let it all go…into his faithful, strong, and loving hands.
- I dare you to dream God’s Dream and then be a part of it.