Put all your eggs in one basket

Wait a minute. What kind of statement is that? Why would I ever want to put all my “eggs” in one basket? If I commit myself entirely to something or someone—what if it turns out badly? I need to spread myself, my trust, around so that if something goes wrong I have at least some security. After all, how can I know what is really reliable?

I make all kinds of day-to-day decisions, and these decisions, or commitments, seem to have an awful lot of power to define my day, my week, maybe even my life. So, to be safe from ruining something, I’ve often shied away from committing too deeply.

However, I’ve found that the key to making good choices—choices that will stand up in the long run—is to be sure I’m putting all my eggs in the right basket. If I place my dependence, trust, and love in a person or my financial security in a certain job or the security of my home in a particular physical location, then, sure, all of those commitments could come crashing down. And to keep them from collapsing, I’d have to continually make decisions about when to do or not do something, when to say or not say something, when to…. You get the picture.

But this maze of “baskets”—of decisions and fears—actually misses the point entirely. What happens if, instead of placing my trust and love in the care of another person, I give it entirely to God? What if I give my sense of financial and personal security to God? What if my sense of home is one of always abiding in God’s omnipotent care? After all, we do have the tender Biblical promise that it is in Him that “we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

Several years ago, I found myself in the crossroads of a number of decisions about relationships, employment, and places to live. They were pretty big deals, at least to me, and I didn’t want to screw anything up. And honestly, I was becoming pretty proud of myself, because it seemed like I was making better and better decisions all the time.

The problem was, that every good decision or commitment was followed pretty closely with the fearful realization that if I didn’t keep making the right decisions, if I messed up even once, everything I’d achieved up to that point could slip away. I’d be back to square one.

As I prayed about how to handle this growing sense of fear, I realized that in seeing myself as a decision maker, as a commitment maker (or breaker), I was essentially setting myself up as my own personal god, in charge of creating a good or bad day. Instead, I could yield to God’s perfect shepherding.

And I don’t even have to hypothesize about how I’ll listen to God. I just need to completely put all my trust in God, moment by moment. God has never left me alone. His care is permanent, reliable, good; the only “basket” I’ll ever need, and I can entirely trust in that care.

We read in the Bible that Christ Jesus was the wayshower. Walking in the way he showed, committing to a path of Christliness, will never lead me, or anyone, to an intersection of several good (or some good, and some evil) things that I have to choose from. Instead of many conflicting commitments, I can commit wholeheartedly to God, and that commitment will be reflected in my experience.

By committing to God, we naturally and gracefully commit to all the good, beautiful, and enduring qualities He expresses. And these qualities are manifested in deeper and more inclusive and loving relationships.

The same goes for a job, or housing, or travel, or anything. In the Gospel of Luke, we read, “Rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (12:31, 32). In committing wholeheartedly to God, we can see the kingdom of heaven unfolding all around us.

As I’m willing to let go of any personal ownership of life and willing to see God’s love as the only motive power, I see freedom and harmony more and more as the law of divine Life. I don’t need to decide what Life will look like or to fear where to put my trust. There’s only one God, only one source of happiness, love, supply, freedom, and so there’s only one commitment. Even that has been taken care of. “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 5:19). God really does have us in His care all the way, and we truly can trust that great, creative, eternal Love.

2 thoughts on “Put all your eggs in one basket

  1. Thanks John! Fantastic article and a wonderful reminder to not lean on my own understanding but to acknowledge God in all things.

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