Venturing Out

“No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath… We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn’t it?”

-Donald Miller,Through Painted Deserts

I’m personally facing some unknowns this week – so hopefully we can all seek out courage to live a better story together. Big hint: it involves taking risks.

“Risk is right. And the reason is not because God promises success to all our ventures in his cause. There is no promise that every effort for the cause of God will succeed, at least not in the short run. John the Baptist risked calling King Herod an adulterer when he divorced his own wife in order to take his brother’s wife. For this John got his head chopped off. And he had done right to risk his life for the cause of God and truth. Jesus had no criticism for him, only the highest praise (Matthew 11:11).”

-John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life

Following and venturing out,

  • SuSanMoM

    Thank you, Ginger, for this excellent reminder that risk and failure are a necessary part of living, if we want to live our story to the fullest. Or, sometimes, even to live it at all. 

    • Exactly – sometimes, even to live at all! Here’s to living!

  • Mkenttravis

    Great post and great reminder of our need to be risky from Miller and Piper.

    Thanks also for your continual posts.

    Kent Travis
    From The Brook Hill School

    • Kent – I’m honored that you’ve continued to read! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. P.S. I’ve also enjoyed your books!