Dare 2B Daring - June 15, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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"One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide
About 15 years ago, our family was enjoying a camping trip in Canada. On the way there, we stopped and visited with friends in upstate New York and even got to see Niagara Falls. Impressive!
One of the campgrounds we stayed at was located on the banks of Lake Ontario. It offered everything we were looking for – beautiful scenery for Deanna, a nice swimming pool for Bethany and Christopher, and excellent fishing for Matt and me.
One day, Matt and I rented a small rowboat and headed out onto the lake. I asked Matt to pick a spot to cast our poles and he quickly pointed to a rocky cove about a half mile away. How I wished I had spent the extra $20.00 or so to rent an outboard motor, too!
Without complaining, I leaned my back into the oars and started rowing… and rowing… and rowing. Finally, we reached the spot that Matt had chosen and started fishing. Within minutes, we were landing some nice-sized bass. In fact, a few of them were so large that that actually snapped our lines in half.
Since the fish were biting – and biting hard – Matt and I lost track of time. After a few hours, Deanna started to worry about us, especially since the cove (and our boat) were hidden from the shoreline. By the time we returned, she was equal parts angry and relieved… and I received a well-deserved rebuke.
That being said, Matt and I still look back on that day with a lot of fond memories. We are both convinced that we never would have caught so many bass had we not been willing to venture out into the lake – even though it meant losing track of the shore.
Faith is the same way. If you are afraid to take some spiritual risks in life, you will never grow… let alone realize your full God-given potential.
I have a picture on my office wall that has the word RISK spelled out in large letters followed by the following phrase: “A ship in the harbor is safe…but that’s not what ships were made for.” I guess that’s why I chose Hebrews 11:6 as the theme verse for Risk Takers for Christ.
“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President