I have to say that hopping in a canoe to cross a rushing, dirty river in Guatemala is not the safest thing I ever did.
Noel reminded me to close my mouth as the dirty water splashed into the boat and onto our faces.
Dirty water that the people along the river wash their clothes in and bathe their bodies in everyday.
Water that makes them sick, sometimes deathly sick.
Maybe not wise by this world’s standards.
But you know what?
It was awesome.
In those moments, I lived alive.
From a girl who has battled her share of fear, crossing that contaminated river in an old boat to rescue dying babies on the other side, when fear could have crept in, instead, this:
If it capsizes and we drown here, I will have no regrets. I was risking almost nothing for them to gain everything. It was worth it.
“Couldn’t we just sum up the entire American dream in the single word “safety”?
… But there is a problem. We cannot be safe and take risks at the same time… so we must answer this question: Do we want to stay safe, or do we want to change the world?”
Now I’ve stood on both sides of the river.
On the safe side, on the shore of easy American life, it is comfortable. I can talk about the world’s problems from my couch as I sip a pumpkin spice latte and shop online.
In the boat, the water’s rough and the ride’s bumpy. It’s messy and dirty. Risky.
Life is full and beautiful in the risk.
In my heart, in the thick of it, I am convinced there’s not a better way to live than uncomfortable, unsafe, undone.
by grace alone,
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