November 15, 2017

Safe vs. Responsible: What’s the Difference?

There comes a time or times in every man/woman/teen/young adult/babies life  when you have to look back at your time on earth thus far and ask yourself, “what the crap have I been doing with my life??” For me, and for many of us I think, the first time I legitimately thought that was when I turned 25. I’d been sailing through life – got through college, got a job that I could successfully tolerate, was adulting and had just stared dancing – and one day I looked up and freaked out.

All my life I’d been making choices that I thought were correct because they didn’t rock the boat. They put me on the “right” path. I had a 9-5, I paid almost all of bills (you know how it is), I was nice, I brushed my teeth – for all intents and purposes, I was living a responsible life. It’s not until later that I realized responsible decisions and safe decisions are not the same thing and should not be treated as such (i.e. a safe decision may not be the most responsible one you can make in the context of your current situation and/or goals, just as a responsible decision may not mean making a safe decision in the same context.)

I learned that sometimes taking risks is actually the more responsible route if said risks are at least a little bit calculated, Jesus would like them, and they will propel you toward your goals. Sometimes you have a responsibility to the vision God gave you and your dreams to take a path that may not be deemed “responsible” in someone else’s eyes. Especially if you are an artist or a freelancer or entrepreneur or even in ministry.

In the same vein, safe decisions may be necessary for the moment, particularly if you have others depending on you in the form of a spouse or parent or one of the aforementioned introspective babies. Though your time may not be now, it will be some day. What I’m saying is, just because a decision will keep you comfortable and not rock the boat – it doesn’t mean it is the responsible thing to do.

So here’s my question to you: at this point in your life, in the context of your dreams, are you making the safe decisions that will keep you where you are or are you being responsible to the call on your life and what you’re supposed to do in this world? Are those things one in the same right now or are you just telling yourself that because your scared? Today, make the choice to make a bold decision and trust God with the rest.

What do you think? Is there really a difference? How do you move between one or the other?



One response to “Safe vs. Responsible: What’s the Difference?”

  1. Having read this I believed it was really enlightening.

    I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this short article together.
    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time both reading and leaving comments.
    But so what, it was still worthwhile!

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