Dare 2B Daring – August 06, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Churchill
The polar bear, Ursus maritimus, is one of the fiercest predators in the Arctic. A male can be as long as 11 feet and weigh 1,500 pounds. The female, though smaller, is still massive in size, with a length of 9 feet and weight of up to 800 pounds.
Polar bears are creative hunters, often using one of three methods to catch their prey. Aided by a tremendous sense of smell, a polar bear can detect a seal pup hiding in the snow from a mile away. Having quietly drawn close to the location of the pup, the bear will jump into the air and crash down through the snow, grabbing the seal with its claws.
The polar bear’s second hunting strategy is known as still-hunting. Here, it finds a seal’s breathing hole in the ice and simply waits for the seal to come up for air. The third method involves the bear tracking its prey, whether on land or at sea. A polar bear can smell seal blubber from 20 miles away, run at 34 mph, and swim at 6 mph.
As remarkable as the polar bear is, its hunting pursuits end in failure 9 out of 10 times. Nevertheless, it cannot be discouraged by this. Needing to consume the equivalent of one adult seal every 6 days, the polar bear must hunt constantly to survive in the punishing conditions of the Arctic.
Most people struggle with the fear of failure. It can be especially difficult to attempt a task having failed it in the past. Christians, more specifically, may feel disheartened when they fail in their spiritual walk with Jesus. While we are called to be holy, the Lord offers strength when we stumble. Psalm 73:26 says, “//My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”// Live without fear and take comfort knowing failure is not fatal.
“For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 ESV
- Christopher Glading, Program Director