Dare 2B Daring – August 20, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Non nobis solum nati sumus.” (Not for ourselves alone are we born.) – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Located on the islands of Southeast Asia, the tarsier is one of the most unique looking primates. It is characterized by extremely large eyes and ears, and long digits and legs. At just 6 inches, with a tail adding another 9 inches, it weighs only 4 ounces.
Still, the tarsier is a formidable hunter. It is entirely carnivorous, the only of its family, eating insects, lizards, snakes, and bats. Being nocturnal, it relies heavily upon its tremendous eyes and ears to locate prey. Clinging to the stems of trees, the tarsier will use its incredible leaping ability to catapult itself at unsuspecting insects.
Though the tarsier is known to be a solitary hunter, its survival comes as a result of teamwork. When danger arises, often in the form of a reticulated python, tarsiers will begin to warn each other of the threat through high-pitched calls. Reinforcements arrive quickly, and the python is forced to reconsider its options.
As Christians, we are singularly accountable to God for our thoughts and deeds. We cannot claim salvation through the faith of a family member or friend. Following Christ is a personal decision to be made by each person alone.
Yet, we should be surrounded by other believers in our journey through life, and especially our spiritual walk. People are not meant to conquer every challenge alone, but to have others come to their side, protecting them from what wishes to cause harm.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV
- Christopher Glading, Program Director