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In ‘Under a Cloudless Sky‘ by Chris Fabry, Hollis calls a meeting of the landowners on the mountain. At the meeting he asks ‘What’s so precious to you, deep in your heart, that you can’t put a price tag on it? … Is there anything in this life that would make you draw a line in the sand and say, ‘You can come this far but you can’t come no farther’?’ How do you respond to that questions.
I can’t imagine the number of times I have told myself ‘I’m done. Not again.’ and gone back for more. I can’t imagine the number of lines in the sand I’ve drawn over things that were important to me but then slowly moved the line back increments at a time until there wasn’t a noticeable line any more. Sometimes it was because I was being too unyielding. I am a Davis after all and we are a stubborn bunch. Stubborn. Other times it was because my thoughts/ideas/opinions changed. This is a legitimate thing. It’s called growth and occasionally I actually overcome my innate stubbornness and grow a fraction. The question begs the deeper look though, how much is too much to give? At what point have you given too much and realize it’s not being unyieldingly stubborn? At what point have you grown enough to realize that it’s enough? It comes down to core values. How deep into your personal mission statement, so to speak, will you let someone else carve away into?
I’ve never really thought about how far I would let someone push me when it comes to my core values. I think mostly because it’s never happened. No one has ever pushed that line so deep that I had to push back. You can’t take my faith. You can’t touch my faith. I don’t mean just my faith in Christ but also my faith in myself and others. I let it get shaky and weak from time to time but it ain’t up for grabs by someone else. For the love of gravy, I chose this question this week and here I sit completely unable to answer it! I don’t know if that makes me weak because I can’t put it all on the line or if it makes me whole because I’ve never been pushed to the need to have such a steadfast line.
I’m interested to hear if you have a more concrete answer than I do. ‘What’s so precious to you, deep in your heart, that you can’t put a price tag on it? … Is there anything in this life that would make you draw a line in the sand and say, ‘You can come this far but you can’t come no farther’?’