“Behold, I am sending you out like sheep in the midst of wolves; be wary and wise as serpents, and be innocent (harmless, guileless, and without falsity) as doves. Be on guard against men [whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God]; for they will deliver you up to councils and flog you in their synagogues” Matthew 10:16-17 ->me: This message from Jesus to His disciples is just as relevant today. Jesus knows what we will come up against in our walks and witness before men. The world is like a sea of wolves and we are like sheep rummaging through it. I must walk out into my garden (which I am positioned to tend) ready to be pounced on…to expect it. In fact, if I am living a safe uncontentious life, then I am not doing enough (very much goes with yesterday’s QT). Interesting that Jesus uses wise (Greek -> Phronimos: prudent, shrewd, or sensible) as serpents and innocent (Greek -> Akeraios: pure, transparent, or unmixed) as doves. So, I am not to be a gullible simpleton, but neither am I to be rogue; it demands not naivety, but an irreproachable honesty of who I live my life to glorify. The balance of prudence and purity will enable me both to survive and to fulfil my mission, through Jesus, to the world.