I am pondering boldness today because of a magazine article that featured the story of a couple who set sail across the Pacific Ocean on a small ship. One night a storm arose and tossed the ship about until it finally capsized, killing the man. The woman said she had sensed danger and warned her companion but he refused to listen. In the article she berated herself for not taking more power in the dangerous situation before tragedy struck. Because the man was the ‘captain’, she felt it wasn’t her place to argue too much. At one point in the article she said, “I should have been more adamant. I should have been more bold. Perhaps if I had been, the boat would not have sunk, and there would be two of us alive today.”
What is the cost of timidity? What has it costs me personally, I wonder. And the rewards of being bold…what are they? It has been said that “He who hesitates is lost.” And, “Not to decide, is to decide.”
Questions: What would you do if you were ten times bolder?
When and what has it cost you in life not to be bold? What has
it cost your family?
Those are hard questions to answer. For if we know the answer to those questions, and if we don’t like what we come up with, then we should just go do it.
I get that’s a pretty trite statement. If it was that easy, we would all do it. Invite God into the process. That will be the most important action of all.