Be careful!

Be careful when you cross the street.  And for goodness sake, be careful with that knife, child!

Be careful with your money.  And don’t ever forget to be careful with your time. You only have so much of it, you know.

Be careful whom you trust.  And be careful to not give too much of your heart away.

Be careful, do you hear me?  Be careful!

I might careful myself right into a fat bank account and barns filled with goods no one will ever enjoy.

I might careful myself right out of friends.

I might careful myself right out of usefulness to the Master’s service.

I might careful myself right out of time.

I might careful myself right out of life….



  1. Reminds me of another childhood message of ‘don’t talk about ….(fill in the blank – death, pain, loneliness, sex, anger….) Eventually the message breaks down to ‘just don’t talk’. A book that speaks to that is ‘I am a Woman Finding My Voice by Janet Quinn, a book of short essays about the author ‘finding her voice’. There are some things to be careful about and it is prudent to choose who we talk about what with but we don’t want to miss out on experiencing our humanness with one another.


    • how insightful; I remember all too well all of the taboo subjects of childhood… only God could deliver me from that… I might check that book out; thanks so much, Beverly!


  2. This reminds me of one of my favorite verses, and my favorite interpretation of it: 1 Peter 5:7. Most people know it as “casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” The Message puts it this way: “Live carefree before God; He is most careful with you.” When I remember that He is keeping a loving, watchful eye on me, I can live in a carefree way, instead of in a fearful, guarded way. Thanks, Barb!


  3. like Rich said, great food for thought… adults the “be careful” turns into be responsible. Accountable. Dependable. Nothing wrong with those qualities, but they can make for a very rigid, judgmental worldview. Unless they’re lived out with a reckless abandon to Christ. He has so much more for us. Freedom instead of fear. The first book I ever read that spoke to my longing for true adventure (I’m not talking extreme sport/Mount Everest climbing/sail around the world) was “Sacred Romance” by Trent/ Eldrege. Life in Him is so much bigger than collecting stuff and trophies.

    I love your writing, Barb!


    • Without the adventure of trusting Him all the way, life becomes tasteless, doesn’t it? Thanks so much for chiming in, Tina!


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