No risk?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Ultimately, since our mistakes often really end up canceling each other out, ought we to be far more motivated to assume some risk in life in order to accomplish better and greater things than we ought to be content with things just as they are with no possibility of change?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

I read recently an interesting, but at first somewhat puzzling statement, from the late management consultant, Peter Drucker. He stated: "People who don't take risks generally make about two major mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year." Huh? Think about it, though. Drucker was saying that, in essence, people who take calculated risks are no more at risk than those who don't. Essentially, nothing ventured, nothing gained, as the old saying goes. Ultimately, however, since the mistakes really end up canceling each other out, we ought to be far more motivated to assume some risk in life in order to accomplish better and greater things than we ought to be content with things just as they are with no possibility of change.

When you come right down to it, is there every any excuse for doing "nothing" when "something" is called for?

Here's a story: A young reporter wanted to get a feel for agriculture, so he paid a visit to a farmer and asked, "How's your wheat coming along?" The farmer replied, "I didn't plant any." "Really?" asked the reporter. "I thought this was supposed to be wheat country. Why didn't you plant any wheat?" "Some say it is," came the reply. "But I was afraid we might not see enough rain this year and the wheat would be stunted." "Well, what about your corn. You've planted that, haven't you? How is it doing?" the young man inquired. "Didn't plant corn this year," the farmer said. "I was afraid of corn blight, so I didn't plant corn." "Alfalfa? Asked the reporter." "Nope. Afraid the price might drop; didn't plan that either." "Well, then," asked the reporter, "what did you plant?" "Nothin'," the farmer said. "I just played it safe." (Author unknown)

Sir Hugh Walpole advised, "Don't play for safety – it's the most dangerous thing in the world." Of course, unnecessary risk-taking is foolish. But if life is to be lived fully, then saying NO to fear and taking that risk may be a necessary step to success. It takes courage to do what you've never done and go where you've never been. But, that's how things get done. God's work, doing good to our fellow man, takes our hands and feet. It takes our commitment to action. So, what- ever huge decision looms before you, your best solution will likely be made from the side of courage, rather than fear, for in the end, a fearful decision is a dangerous decision. Alan Alda puts it like this: "You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can't get there by bus, only by hard work, risking, and by not quite knowing what you're doing. What you'll discover will be wonderful – yourself." Does that sound like a place you want to go? Don't worry about making mistakes getting there. You're liable to make as many doing nothing as doing


We pray. Heavenly Father, Who has given us the breath of life. Today we remember to breathe deeply to rest, to take in, to pause before we act…and then to take in another deep breath poised on the edge and risk jumping in, risk taking action, risk speaking up, risk using the gifts we have been given so that at the end of our life we can say with absolute clarity that no part of our existence was wasted in fear of failure or fear of success. Hold us, prepare for us the way to begin to offer the gift of our awakened presence in Christ, full of love and light and the Holy Spirit today. These and the prayers of our hearts we lift up now in the silence… In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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