We as whole do not find ourselves out on a limb for just anybody. If we do decide to go out on a limb, it is because of something of importance needing to be completed that came up short; or of the nature of an emergency that caught the person unprepared to handle it. When going out on a limb, the decision is usually based on the belief that the reason for going out is worthy, and that the person can come through with some help in bringing to pass the reason hoped for. The thing about going out on a limb for someone is that we don’t actually expect to find ourselves out on the limb; and actually having to be found out on the limb is not suppose to happen. Our true motivation for vouching for a person is that we believe in the person, and that they can do what they hope to do with a little help. Once we do decide to go out on the limb to help someone, there is this one statement in which we hope not to remind the person of; and the statement is that “I went out on a limb for you,” are you able to work things out as planned? We don’t ask if they were able to work things out, but we ask them if they are able to work things out as the ongoing present tense will keep hope alive. No one is in a hurry to know for sure if the limb is there to behold; and no one is in a hurry to know for sure what being out on that limb may actually cost. Out On A Limb, Branch Your Way Back In.
When someone goes out on the limb for another, the cost of coming up short usually involves more than just a dollar value. There is usually a lot of reputation involved in which you can’t get back; and there maybe some damage to credit done that will take time to repair; and there will probably be no more going out on the limb for that person again; and there will be some emotions of disappointment, hurt, and disbelief to name a few; and on and on can be the cost value of being out on that limb. You know that when you go out on the limb, that you are going out on structure, support, and strength that will be given up once the reality of the metaphor takes its place. This is why it’s called going out on the limb because these things were used up on the behalf of the other person; and that structure, that support and that strength used to get out there, are not there any longer to get you back off the limb as the limb now threatens to snap. Remember, the premise is that the other person will be successful with your help; and that you will not actually have to be out on the limb to use up the structure, support, and strength of the limb. Now that you have used the limb all up, the only way back off the limb is to branch your way back. There will be branches near by for you to reach out to for support as you make your return to the place you left. Instead of the other person having to put up or shut up concerning how much they are willing to give the need to God and leave it there, it will be you who will find out how God will work you back from being out on that limb in the first place. There is no doubt that he will use all the branch resources in your reach to pull you in, and he will do it without having others to go out on a limb to help you. Someone or even you spending your last dollar on someone to help them is not going out on a limb. Out On A Limb, Branch Your Way Back In.
I know that you have been there to help others, but it seem like it was only God there to help you. When you really lean on God to see you through, then you don’t really lean on others as they may lean on you to help see them through. I can’t even think of even having a last time, glory be to God, in which I looked to someone to go out on a limb for me. Even years back in my not so established years when I would be in a tight, I would want to see what way of escape would God make for me. The thing that I always set out to see, was to see what God would do if I gave it to him, and then just left it there. Now God would use people, places or things to help me; but they would come from his inventory of resources on call to do his work. I guess that I have always been like the dog that didn’t know not to climb up the tree: I just always knew that he would handle it if I would bring it to him and leave it there. And I don’t really go out on limbs like that per se, for that’s God’s job; however, I did just finished doing our taxes last night, and man, or woman, we do help quite a few people, places and things: matter of fact, we seem to love to give. I’ve been spoiled every since I first faced that eviction many many years ago. I did not tell anyone about it outside of God, well of course the wife knew; but I was so dog young in my tree climbing faith that I just waited for the eviction to come face my almighty God. Yeah, no one else even knew to be out on a limb for me; and then the eviction came to the fight, and then the fight was over in minutes: God sent those big deputies back to the limb in which they came from. I am sorry, but I just haven’t been any different since that victory came down for me. And anyway, a month later after the victory over the eviction, I was living in free rent as part of my new compensation package with my new job. What a mighty God we served back then, and what a mighty God we still serve today: I will need no one out on limbs. Out On A Limb, Branch Your Way Back In.
The Father In Spirit And In Truth Is Seeking Such To Seek Him.