The “Even If” Principle
In Daniel 3 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were all standing in front the fire. In other words they were standing at death’s door. King Nebuchadnezzar was angry. He didn’t just want to kill them, he wanted to make an example of them. Before he throws them in he lets them say a few words and basically they say, “We love God and we are willing to die for him.” They go on and say “Even if God doesn’t save us we are willing to die.” This “Even If” principle got me thinking. What am I willing to do even if God doesn’t show up and bless me? Am I willing to keep making resources and experiences for students even if no ones recognizes me for it? Am I willing to work with small churches and youth workers who just need to talk instead of being the one who gets to talk? Am I willing to put aside celebrity for impact? I want to say I am but …. it’s hard to get rid of the BUT …. I wonder how these guys were able to stand at that furnace and make that commitment? This maturing in faith is tough.
How about you? What are willing to do for God “Even If”?
About the Author
Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners who never leave their side. Doug grew up in […]