The 10-Second Rule

I’ve been reading the book ‘The 10-Second Rule: Following Jesus made simple’ by Clare De Graaf. Other than the title being a bit off-putting (there is nothing ‘simple’ about following Jesus, and the Bible should be our ultimate guide) I found the concept behind the 10-second rule interesting and appealing.

The 10-second rule is to “Just do the next thing you’re reasonably certain Jesus wants you to do”. The 10 second part comes in because when we wait too long to act on impressions and feelings we might have (i.e. longer than 10 seconds) we often chicken out, so there is the encouragement to act quickly when we feel like we need to give a compliment to someone etc. And that’s the sort of ‘thing’ that the rule applies to, the little random acts of kindness that we won’t always know the impact they might have, or the opportunities they might open for sharing why we would do them.

It reminds me of a quote from the movie ‘We Bought a Zoo’ – “Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage, just literally 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

While I don’t believe the promise is always there that something great will happen (although it might!) it’s the same idea, that it can only take feeling uncomfortable for a matter of seconds to make a difference. But even more than that, in any given moment I don’t think God is asking us to do big things, but to just focus on the next few seconds and then see what He does with them. I might not have the bravery within me to do something big but, with God’s help, I can find enough courage for a matter of seconds to do something that might reveal something about my loving God to another.


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