In The Walking Dead, Isolation, Hershel is about to go into the quarantine area, risking his life, to try to save as many patients as he can. Maggie doesn’t want him to risk his life. I love his response because it is so Hershel — so Bible-based.
Listen, damn it! You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment now you don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for. Now I can make these people feel better and hang on a little bit longer. I can save lives. That’s reason enough to risk mine. ~ Hershel
The thing is, what Hershel says doesn’t just apply to living during the Zombie Apocalypse. You eat, you risk choking. You breathe, you risk pollutants in the air, disease, second-hand smoke, etc. You take a drive anywhere, you risk getting in an accident. You go for a walk, you risk being kidnapped. Not to be morose or anything, but Hershel has a point.
We all risk our life every moment, but it is up to us how we risk our life. Do we stay cozy and safe indoors not lifting a finger to help others with our skills and abilities? Or do we go out and really live. Live to love others by serving them with what we have been gifted to do?
Whenever I’m faced with a choice like Hershel’s, I hope I chose to spend my life serving others rather than saving my own skin.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Galatians 5:13-14 NIV