If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. Barack Obama
Let us compare Life to riding The Big Roller Coaster. It is can be the greatest of thrills. It has bigger ups and greater downs; more twists and the sharpest turns. Sometimes we feel great exhilaration and sometimes we greatly fear the next big dip or huge dive. Sometimes we want to get off, take a break and just catch our breath.
If we are not willing to ride the rollercoaster, we likely miss out on much of life’s richness and fullness; and become much less of the person we otherwise might have been. If we complacently go through life; we miss its diversity of experiences and we will have missed much. Life consists of different stages and degrees of roller coasters; starting with the toddler version; going round and round in tranquil and repetitive circles. Our roller coasters continue to step up, adding more speed, twists and turns, ups and downs and more and more thrills, excitement and adventure. As we step up to the bigger rides, the thrill of the experiences continues to increase.
The Big Roller Coaster is the supreme challenge, for big boys and girls; those wanting more from life. If we never get the courage and commitment to get on, we miss something very important in learning how best to overcome our complacencies, fears, anxieties; all those things that hold us back. We will never develop all our potential. Never stepping forward and leaving the safety and security of our comfort zone, we miss out on some of life’s greatest thrills. There are things we must experience firsthand; things we cannot learn or experience from others, things we cannot read about it or watch from afar. Without the courage and conviction to give such things a whirl, we are shortchanging ourselves on what we could have seen and done.
As we decide whether the reward is worth the risk, we can learn from those who gave it a ride. Very seldom are there casualties. The chances of dying from the experience are virtually nil. We will very likely survive the experience. As a result, we will learn to have more faith, believe in ourselves and have the courage to face more challenges. Those getting the most from life do put life to the test and this does include taking some risks. To get more out of life, we need to put more effort into it.
Challenge: Life teaches that you get out of it in direct proportion to what you put into it. There is no shortcutting this natural law. Fear, anxiety, complacency, hiding in your comfort zone; all prevent you from experiencing some of the thrills and adventures that await you. Sometimes you must be willing to jump in and get your feet wet; pay the price of admission and jump in. Have faith and confidence in yourself. No pain no gain.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5, 6
If we never go to the amusement park, we will miss the variety of thrills and experiences that amusement parks offer. The reason we go there is just for that reason, the experiences. If we never step forward and experience the richness of life, we will miss out on many great experiences. Things that teach us, expand us, and develop us into something more. Why should we fear such things, especially when we have God watching over us?
Prayer: Help me to remember that I have nothing to fear as long as I am in your loving care.