Everyday You Ought to Do Something That Scares You

Like I’ve said before, Christians ought to be the worlds greatest explorers.

This requires risk. A life without risk is not a life well lived. Just read what Jesus says in the parable of the talents.

Jack Miller put it well: “Risk or rust.”

I also like how Mark Twain put it:

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

I think a good way to live is to take a risk everyday. Do something that stretches you, taking you outside of your comfort zone kingdom. It doesn’t have to be anything major, just something new that will prevent you from rusting. Or, at the very least, every week you ought to do something that scares you.

My favorite seasons of life have always been thick with risk, adventure, new territory, and things that scare me.

Risk or rust.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. I don’t find this imperative in scripture. Is there somewhere you would point me, in scripture that would substantiate this?

    Certainly, proclaiming the “offensive” gospel in a fallen world can be quite adventurous, but I find scripture calling me to live out my vocations quietly and peacefully. I’m to pray for daily bread and forgiveness of sins. Not exactly “adventurous”.


    1. Hi, perhaps the following verse would help:

      “…but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32b, NKJV)

      God bless.

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