Sunday, 8 September 2013

Red {Five Minute Friday}

I have a confession to make... I may have set the timer to 5 hours instead of 5 minutes before I started writing today! So I actually wrote for 10 minutes before I realised my mistake. Here goes anyway:

Five Minute Friday


STOP. DANGER. NO ENTRY.

These are all Red words. They are a barrier, a warning to all who would consider taking the risk. They are the wall between us and an almost certain death... or at least a little challenge.

I am one to heed warnings. As far as I am concerned, there is no need to reinvent the wheel. If I am facing a problem that someone has faced before, my first instinct is to go find out how they solved it. I don’t think it’s laziness; more like efficiency. And generally, it has worked well for me and provided me with some good advice.

But what if sometimes, things are different? What if all those warnings (Oh, I tried that and it was a disaster, don’t even go there) didn’t apply to me? What if I was to step right out onto the edge and then dive off of it? I’ve done that once. Young people will be climbing on the roof if you go there, they said. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been hard, but had I listened to those red words I would never have had the relationships in the community that I do. Young people wouldn’t have the space to come to, the positive role models, that they do.


Maybe I’m not so bad at crossing the red words after all.

3 comments:

  1. I am so not a risk taker, but am married to one and wish I was more of one at times. My word of the year is BOLD and I have been trying to remember to be BOLD I sometimes have to take risks. God is all about risks, too, isn't He? And I know when I step out on faith, He's got my back. Visiting from FMF. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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  2. There is wisdom in knowing when to take the advice you've searched out and when to go ahead anyway. Good for you for following His voice and not just theirs.

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  3. Thanks for the encouragement :-) It is such a challenge to know when to learn from past mistakes and when to overcome them, and naturally I'm one to follow what I'm told. But discovering that even the boldest people have to feel fear before it counts (otherwise its just foolishness!) was one of the most liberating facts I ever learned!

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