We just returned from a marvelous vacation with six beautiful grandchildren. On the way to the lake, my youngest granddaughter was filled with excitement and with some fear and trepidation looking forward to the opportunity she would have to learn to water ski.
When the day arrived, she drew me close and whispered, “Will I fall?”
I looked into those blue eyes and whispered back, “Yes, you will fall.” She thought about it for a moment and then said, “Will it hurt?” I couldn’t lie. “Yes, it might hurt a little…… but, I promise it will be worth it. Falling and a little hurting is the way you learn to water ski.”
Then the words I wanted to hear. “I can do it!”
And she did.
On the way home, I started thinking of the two fears that keep us from exploring the adventures and opportunities that God makes available every day:
Will I fall…..? read fail?
Will it hurt….?
Come closer, I have the answers to those questions. Yes you will fall…. and yes it might hurt. But the only way you can avoid falling and pain is to never get out of bed, to never try anything.
Falling and pain are entry fees for trying, the foundation for learning, and gateways to achievement.
Look at the smile on this face.
You will fall, it will hurt, and you will live! Go for it!