Matthew 25:29 (ESV)
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
A young reporter wanted to get a feel for agriculture, so he called upon a farmer and said, "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."
"Some say it is," came the reply. "But I was afraid we might not see enough rain this year."
"Well, what about your corn. How is it doing?" The young man inquired.
"Didn't plant corn this year," the farmer said. "I was afraid of corn blight."
"Nope. Afraid the price might drop."
"Well, then," asked the reporter, "what did you plant?"
"Nothin'," the farmer said. "I just played it safe."
Sir High 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. Whatever 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?
Dear Lord, help us to continue to work hard no matter the risk. Thank You that You are there to lead and guide us along the way. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.