Of Extremes & Shrewd Moves

Long I have enjoyed a light dalliance with adventure.

This heart's GPS is set to extremity if adventure is to be found:

  • the highest hilltop
  • the remotest mountain
  • the fastest speed
  • the deepest cavern
  • the driest desert
  • the fiercest sea... and so the list extends ad infinitum (only bounded by my poor imagination).

I am not alone. Extreme sports rage in countless (youthful?) souls.

Extreme sports confirm to me that I am now filled with a sobriety (fear would be more accurate) that prevents me reaching any of their death defying heights.

The greyer my hair and the less of it I comb, the more convinced I am that my feet are made of clay and clink 'brittle' as I walk.

So three fresh and shrewd notes to my clay feet:

  • in the pursuit of extremes the heart is tugged, this may lead to worship - an idolatry of activity
  • it is good to hold just one part and release the other for accumulation is a seed to excess
  • equilibrium is lost at extremes; the cost of extremity can be loss and pain as much as pleasure and power. 

Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes. (Ecclesiastes 7:18b)

Where there is balance there is the absence of both danger and excess.

The man who fears God will avoid all extremes, for he will not multiply his indulgences and so forget his Lord.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Christ is our hope of glory and the glory of our hope. ~ anon

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