Plain Talk 4-16

    I am afraid of some things in life.  So are you.
   Some people are unwilling to say so.  I do not have that problem.  Here are some of the things that I am afraid to do:
   Number 1.  Put my head in the mouth of a lion.
   Number 2.  Walk out in front of a fast moving car and hope it can stop.
   Number 3.   To stop putting all my trust in God. 
   What about you?  Nothing?  OK,  let me ask you a question.
   Can you imagine not doing what you are doing right now?  How about doing something completely different?  It could be something exciting, fun or even risky, like quitting your job and traveling around the world or working part-time and going to school full-time.  How about
owning your own home, business, plane or boat?
   If you can imagine it, why are you not doing it or at least striving towards doing it?  Are you afraid?
   The reason why you are not living your life to the fullest is
the same reason that most people are not.  The moment that you think about striving for the things you want, you think about all the reasons why you cannot.
     Oh my, how will I pay my bills?  Who will take care of my family?  Is this the right thing to do?  Where will I get my money?  What will people say? 
      Well, I cannot answer all of your questions; that will be something that you will have to take into consideration.  I can tell you that asking God would provide another source of strength and encouragement.  He has the answers and I am sure of that.
     I do have another question for you.  How do you ever expect to be happy or at peace if you continue to live your life the same way that you have been living it?  If you do not allow yourself to dream; to dare; to go for it; to move up, out, and forward; to be free to be yourself;
to be happy for once in your life?
     Listen, how will you know what you are really capable of?  You can also apply this to making sure that the people around you are happy.  It could be as simple as giving a co-worker who has always been of help
a ten-dollar gift certificate to your favorite restaurant.   Better yet, a ten-dollar gas card may put a smile on someone’s face, too.
    Are you afraid of being nice or receiving a smile back in return?  You will surely be blessed in return.
     Look at it this way: What is the worse that can happen?   You could end up right back where you started, living your life the same way it was before you decided to take a chance.
   Jackie “Moms” Mabley once said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you got.”
    Think about that.
    Remember to keep the faith, trust in God only and seek after a pure heart.