Don’t Be Passive

There are some Christians…and I think I was one of them at one time, that leave too much to God.  Fact is, we live in a pretty forgiving country so I was able to skate by financially for a long time even though I made numerous financial mistakes, never saved for a rainy day…and so on.  When I would end up “okay” even though I had screwed up my finances one more time, I would attribute it to God taking care of me.

And maybe he was, I don’t know.  Still, I have seen people who are even sleeping outside saying (when I tried to share information with them) more or less, “I don’t need to have that information because God will take care of me”.  REALLY?  You are sleeping on the street.  Are you sure he is taking care of you?  Will you say the same thing if you are raped or beaten up?  I guess you will say…”well, I’m still alive.  He didn’t let them kill me.”  And I suppose that’s true but I find little comfort in trusting THAT completely in a god that would let me get raped or beaten up.

In virtually every bible story I ever read the bible character/person had to DO something besides praying (or asking Jesus personally for help).  This blind guy had to put a mud paste on his eyes in order to get healed.  The Hebrews had to march around Jericho seven times blowing trumpets and shouting before God made the walls tumble down.  You have to DO stuff.  If you believe in the Bible, you must see this is true.

There’s nothing wrong with being Christian UNLESS you use it as an excuse to be passive.

I say this for me too.  I can’t sit by until my van absolutely won’t move…God and/or my brain is telling me to have an exit plan or maybe more than one.

I have two exit plans right now.  First, I am saving money for a new transmission and second, I am taking steps to move to another state where I will have a friend, a job and an apartment.  I REALLY want to stay where I am…but I DO NOT want to sleep rough.  It’s not a good life.  If it was just would be fine but it is more complicated than that.  I probably would have a hard time working…I might have a lot of cop contact, I might get dirty and not have a gym membership (there are free showers but only twice a week) and the social stigma of all these things is something I don’t want to deal with.  I don’t NEED to deal with it.

I feel like a wimp but seriously, there aren’t many people that would choose sleeping outside permanently.  And it would probably be permanent.

So I hope God will help me out but I am making plans too before my choices disappear.


About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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6 Responses to Don’t Be Passive

  1. geezer says:

    Good plan

  2. Ryu says:

    You should always have several backup plans. Sometimes you have to make a move before the move is made for you.

  3. geezer says:

    Not bad thinking , but are these your only options ?

  4. B says:

    A man was sitting on his roof, in the middle of a flood. “God,” he prayed, “please send me help!”

    A rowboat came by and offered to ferry him to safety. “No thanks,” he said. “I asked God for help and believe he will help me.” And once again he prayed, “God, please save me!”

    A canoe came by, and they had space for one more. “Thank you very much, but I have faith in God.”, replied the man, turning down the ride. He again prayed to God to save him.

    A boat came by and offered him a ride. Once again, he turned it down, for the same reason. This time he prayed, “God, I’ve believed in you all my life! Why aren’t you saving me?”

    God replied, “For goodness’ sake … I already sent you THREE boats!”

  5. GypsyPurl says:

    You are correct, Faith Without Works Is Dead.

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