I love the line "be as smart as snakes and as innocent as doves". I love that Jesus doesn't say that we should be pushovers who are always having fast ones pulled on us. He wants us to be aware and to be crafty. However, he wants us to be innocent. Which one do you struggle with more?
For me it's the innocence. I like to push the envelope a lot and get away with more than I should. Like tomorrow night for our middle school super bowl party, I just found out that we are doing several things illegally. Granted, it's too late to change anything, but our screen is too big, it's a public meeting, and we're charging an admission price to kids from our church. That's not being innocent. And I don't feel bad. Next year will be different, though. JM