Macy goes on to write that too many who possess this radical unrealistic kind of faith have been smothered by the embrace of older and wiser voices who have said, "It's wonderful to dream and to want to live with radical trust, but it doesn't work in the real world. At some point you must be practical." Over the years I have been blessed by knowing some who heard this wise counsel to be practical and sensible, but chose to ignore it because the call of God was too heavy upon their hearts. They modeled a kind of radical abandonment to the security systems of life that surely frightened parents and caused the pragmatic to shake their heads.
This place of being sold out to do whatever God wants us to do is where most of us started out with Christ. The power of His love, the reality of His presence, and the joy of faith in Him caused us to believe that in Him nothing was impossible. Too many of us allowed the bumps of adversity to weaken our resolve instead of strengthening our will. Too many of us started out to change the world only to have the world change us. It is an ever present danger for those who seek to follow Christ which is surely why the Apostle Paul wrote to young Timothy, "...rekindle the gift of God that is within you..." and who among us does not need our faith rekindled?