At work the other day, I was writing an email to 15 people on my team.  The email had some important information for the weekend, and I checked it and reread the email at least six times.  My heart pounded a little as my mouse lingered over the send button. Even then, clicking “send” felt a little reckless.

What has happened to me?  When did I become so cautious? I was the kid climbing trees and stubbing my bare feet as I ran on the sidewalk. Maybe it was having kids of my own that has made me be more leery. I don’t know, but I don’t like living my life this way: nervous and worrying all the time.

The Bible talks about being reckless.  It’s something to avoid for sure.  Proverbs 14:16 says, “The wise watch their steps and avoid evil; fools are headstrong and reckless.”  I don’t want to be reckless, I want to be more like Jesus.  He was wiser than any man who lived. He was certainly not reckless…

Except for when he loved.  Except for when he invited me into this story and let me reflect him to others.  That was a risky thing to do; let us, damaged and imperfect people, spread his love. But God, I’m thankful that you do.

2 Corinthians 9:8-9 says:

God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,

He throws caution to the winds,
    giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
    never run out, never wear out.

I want to give like God gives.  I want to love with reckless abandon.  There are no stipulations when God loves.  He doesn’t need anything in return. He isn’t waiting for a thank you.

I will not be too worried to offend someone and refuse to invite them into this journey toward God.  I will pray and share what I have with reckless abandon.  I will give my smiles and encouragement away freely. In this way, I will reflect the love that has been lavished on me.

How will you love others recklessly today as God has loved you?