“There is nothing more pathetic than caution
when headlong might save a life,
even, possibly, your own.”

Complacency and caution are tempting, because they seem safe and easy. Indeed, if you always play it safe, you will probably “be okay.” But the problem is, this is deceivingly harmful. Complacency and caution born from fear shrivel up our generous desires, limit our gifts, and dim the beauty in the world.

The truth is you are not made merely to “be okay.” You are made for abundant life, deep love, and bold faith! Life is far too short to be lived in cautious fear. So today, think of where you are complacent, too cautious, or afraid. Then turn to God, and let him remove those shackles. And like the steward, with wise and trusting boldness, go forgive debts, love the people around you, and accept the love and mercy you are given.

—Chris Williams, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the Wisconsin province, is studying philosophy at Loyola University Chicago.