Whaddya Got To Lose?

I was with a group of Halftimers this week discussing how to figure out God’s calling in our lives. We talked about knowing our talents, understanding theissues we’re passionate about, growing in our faith, and engaging in spiritual disciplines. We talked about creating space in our lives to explore what’s happening in the world and where we might chip in. We talked about many other things, too. 

And then at one point, a wise woman in the group said “We can do all these things forever, but at some point in time, you just gotta have courage.”

It struck me as fundamentally and undeniably true. I don’t know of many people who get crystal clear direction on God’s will.  There is always going to be some element of risk and uncertainty… and courage is the only option for moving away from boredom, fear, laziness, anger, and self-pity; and toward freedom, joy, meaningful work, and deep relationships.

Legend has it that during a Sunday service in a small-town church, a young boy of 11 did something remarkably courageous. Because of his surety of God’s love, he did something that shocked the congregation.  As the offering plate was being passed, he took the plate and walked in front of all the people in his pew out into the aisle.  With all eyes on him, he walked up to the alter, set the plate down, and stepped with both feet into the offering as a pure and wholehearted response to God’s immeasurable love for him.

How does that story strike you?  What part of you gets motivated?  What part of you gets scared? What part of you is embarrassed that you don’t have that kind of courage?

This boy’s courage is huge. I want to challenge you with some “small courage”:  What is the most courageous thing you can do in the next 12 hours?

  • Who do you need to confront?
  • Who do you need to forgive?
  • Who do you need to ask forgiveness of?
  • What big decision have you been waffling about?
  • What personal commitment do you need to finally make?
  • What do you need to finally sign up for?
  • Who should you finally donate to?

Think about it. Go for it.  I have hunch it’ll ultimately lead to joy. Whaddya got to lose?


“Courage is the first of all human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.” Sir Winston Churchill

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