A Fighting Chance

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” ~ T.S. Eliot …

When we let fear keep us from taking calculated risks in life… we limit our lives–our abilities and potentials, the paths laid before us, and the experiences and outcomes we have available to us. We cannot possibly imagine just how far we can go without first allowing ourselves to take chances and daring to live our lives to the fullest.

Thankfully, life is not about safety and comfort. And I say that because if it were, we would have quite boring lives to live. There would be no growth and discovery, no reaching out and exploring new thing and new possibilities. There would be no excitement and newness in our lives–things would be quite dull.

Of course, reaching out and facing the unknown takes a great leap of faith–faith that life and God will not let you stumble and fall, and will always help you back up when you do; faith in yourself and in your ability to deal with adversity and remain resilient; faith that you can believe in yourself and remain focused on the important things in your life. This means that you must face your fears–fear of failure, fear of suffering, fear of poverty, fear of ridicule, fear of losing things that are important to you. But your fears are simply thoughts… no more, no less. They may never come true, so why would we ever want to let them control our decisions anyway?

Nobody wants a difficult life… but at least give yourself a fighting chance at living your life to the fullest. Life is not always easy; you will have obstacles and speed bumps along the way. Yet in the end, when you look back over your journey, you will have no regrets. You will be pleased that you took meaningful chances… and perhaps that will make all the difference.

Make your day extraordinary by going farther than you had previously planned.

Questions to consider:

How often do you step outside of your comfort zone?

What are some things you would really like to do in your life that may seem out of the ordinary? What is holding you back from trying?

What is the importance of perseverance in life? How does it correlate with accomplishment?

For further thought:

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” ~ Seneca

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