Friday, June 22, 2007


No run today. No time. Plus my body needs the rest.

Risk is one of my favorite topics to speak about and to write about. Sunday morning I will share about what risk is, what it is not, why we need risk, and how and when to take risks that will enable us to grow, develop, and flourish.

Here are some of my favorite quotes about risk that I have compiled over the years.

All life is the management of risk, not its elimination. –Walter Wriston

One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. –Andre Gide

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
-T.S. Elliot

To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose yourself. -Kierkegaard

The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those who sang best. -John James Audubon

He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things. -Marquis of Halifax

I have never met a Christian who sat down and planned to live a mediocre life.
-Howard Hendricks

The Word became flesh and then through theologians it became words again.
-Karl Barth

You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission. -Victor Hugo

To get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born. -Harry Truman

Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first. -Frederick B. Wilcox

On Sunday morning, we will be giving a game of Risk away, just like we have given Sorry and Trouble away in the past two weeks and just like we will be giving away Monopoly, Loaded Questions, You Must be an Idiot, and Life away in the next month. The first week we gave the couple who was most recently married the game of Sorry. Last week we gave the game, Trouble, to the dad with the most children. This week, Risk goes to the person who posts a story of a risk that you took. It can be funny. It can be profound. It can be a complete failure that you learned an important lesson from. We just want to hear your story.

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