Consider the New Year with all its unknowns and its possibilities; I want to start this year by learning and receiving from it all I can. In Be a People Person by John C. Maxwell, I found these thoughts:

“. . . Take a risk and let what happens happen. It will make the difference between a successful team and a mediocre one. On my office wall hangs  a plaque that says, “I don’t want to survive.” I want my team to perform above the level of mediocrity. It’s far better to try and fail than to fail to try. The following poem appeared in Ann Landers’ column. Each line contains a truth and a test:
                To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
                To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
                To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
                To expose feelings is to risk rejection.
                To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
                To love is to risk not being loved in return.
                To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to rick failure.
                But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk
                     nothing.
                The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
                He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change,
                      grow, or love.
                Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave.
    Only a person who takes risks is free.

                I love the story about the old farmer, ragged and barefooted who sat  on the steps of his tumbledown shack, chewing on a stem of grass. A passerby stopped and asked it he might have a drink of water. Wishing to be sociable, the stranger engaged the farmer in some conversation.
                “How is your cotton crop this year?”
                “Ain’t got none,” replied the farmer.
                “Didn’t you plant any cotton?” asked the passerby.
                “Nope,” said the farmer, “ ‘fraid of boil weevils.”
                “Well,” asked the newcomer, “how’s your corn doing?”
                “Didn’t plant none,” replied the farmer, “ ‘fraid there wasn’t going
                         to be enough rain.”
                “Well,” asked the inquisitive stranger, “what did you plant?”
                “Nothing,” said the farmer, “I just played it safe.”

                A lot of well intentioned people live by the philosophy of this farmer, and never risk upsetting the apple cart. They would prefer to “play it safe.” These people will never know the thrill of victory, because to win a victory one must risk a failure.
                C. T. Studd made a great statement about risk-taking: 

“Are gamblers for gold so many and gamblers for God so few?” 

 Ephesians  3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,   May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  And ( that ye may) know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.    Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,  Unto him be glory. . . Amen.

 Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me .

 Trust God for your day . . . Today

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