Monday, April 29, 2013

If cool is your only rule, you are a fool

If I could go back in time and tell myself a few instructive things, one of them would be to stop worrying about looking like an idiot. As John Piper puts it, "risk is right." I wasn't the most daring sort, and by playing it safe I pretty much escaped looking like an idiot. But it also meant that I took way too long to track down my wife and ask her out. So what was I so worried about? Looking silly? The problem is, no risk, no reward - safe is also quite joyless, boring and ungodly.

Ungodly? Really?

Yes, the young man who risks nothing bears a striking resemblance to the fellow who wanted to play it safe by burying his talent. That way he was sure not to lose it. And also sure not to make anything of it. God expects men to be manly. Again, as Piper puts it, "better to lose your life than waste it."

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