Throwing Caution to the Wind

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Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.  Robert F. Kennedy

Progress always involves risks.  You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first.  Frederick B. Wilcox

Take risks:  if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.  Author Unknown  

  Nothing ventured, nothing gained tells us in order to experience gain; we must venture forward. If not, we stay where we are, stationary, complacent, and collecting dust. Einstein defined insanity as doing the same things over and over again and expecting things to be different. To move forward in life requires some degree of risk.

Thoreau is famous for saying that the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. This is sad commentary for too many of us. Nearly everyone has great potential lying dormant, unused and being wasted. This causes us to be frustrated, irritated and unhappy. We know that there should be more to life than we thus far experienced.

We wonder what life would be like on the other side of the door. This door is commonly known as the Door of Opportunity. It has a sign that reads “PUSH”. Most of us fall into one of three categories. Some never get anywhere close to the door, staying in the background with no motivation to see what is on the other side. There are those who venture up to the door while worrying and fearing all that can go wrong, falling short of the courage needed to reach out to push it open. Then there are those, who somehow find the courage to extend their arm to push the door open, taking a step into a new dimension for their life. Have these individuals thrown all caution to the wind or have they determined that stepping into the unknown is worth the potential rewards?

Those who succeed know what it is to take risks. The concept of risk taking is relative. Small risks offer small rewards. Greater risks offer the potential for greater rewards. The probability of success has to be weighed against the risks, costs and everything that is required to succeed. Being foolhardy is not risk taking. Risk taking involves assessing potential success against the likelihood of failure. Someone jumping off a cliff to see if they can fly does not fall into the category of risk taking. Based on natural laws there is no chance of flying.

Many of us would benefit by being a little more adventuresome, doing some homework, overcoming our fears, exercising a little more courage, and stepping through that door of opportunity. We will never know what we have missed until we have gone through to the other side.

Challenge: You are where you are in life because of all that you have experienced. Failures as well as successes combine together to define you. There is always potential for you to be more. There is a price required for you to become the “more” that awaits you. That price requires you to be willing to step forward, face some risks, step into the unknown, overcoming whatever fears confronting you, and walk through the door of opportunity.

Wisdom: The torment of precautions often exceeds the dangers to be avoided.  It is sometimes better to abandon one’s self to destiny.  Napoleon Bonaparte

Spiritual: (NIV)

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

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

We are told that we are made in God’s image and have some of his spirit within us. The Bible tells us we are equipped with God-given talents and abilities, that we are uniquely and wonderfully made. It also, teaches us that we have not because we ask not. On top of this, God is our heavenly father; He did not design or make us to be failures. Based on all of this, how many of us are anywhere close to living up to our potential? Step forward.

Prayer: Help me to understand. Help me to let go and to let You guide and direct my life down the correct path.

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