The Men of Iron Minute

by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation

The Quicksand of Compromise

As a young outdoorsy and adventurous kid, I loved the idea of quicksand. Every sandpit and playground was a haven for this unseen enemy fueled by imagination, gravity, and scary films. I didn’t know if quicksand was real or categorically like Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch, and the Loch Ness Monster, but I couldn’t take any chances.

Quicksand was so unassuming until it was too late. One step here and one step there, and then, you are swallowed up and live forever with the worms. The subtleties of life have a quicksand effect on unsuspecting and inattentive men. Notice how Solomon explains the “quicksand effect” in our work, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.” Proverbs 24:33-34, NIV84

Compromise can be cunning and sly. The definition of compromise that I am working under says, “compromise – accepting standards that are lower than what is desirable” (Oxford Dictionary). We will be tempted to compromise in small and sneaky ways. Compromising in big ways would be obvious, and good men find a way out. A little here and a little there, and before you know it, disaster strikes. The distance between the man you are and the man you never thought you could become happens a little compromise at a time.

Are you compromising?

A couple of beers every night

Living off the government⁣

Excessive Busyness⁣

Lacking intention

Not working out⁣





If so, you’re in quicksand. Get out.

Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another too often ending in the loss of both. Tryon Edwards, 19th Century American Theologian


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