Do not dare not to dare ~ C.S. Lewis
January in the Northeast is, well, January in the Northeast. The weather is cold, the days are short, and the skies are grey. Combined with the dismal weather, a bomb cyclone has made its way up the eastern seaboard causing schools to be canceled for the past week. What’s a teacher to do? With all this time on my hands, I’ve been thinking, meditating, and planning for the future. I ran across C.S. Lewis’ quote and decided this year is an excellent year to dare to take big risks – to do something adventurous and intimidating.
Let’s face it gals, we are not getting any younger and many of us have become settlers. God has called us to be adventurers for Him, yet we have settled for mediocrity in our relationships, our expectations and sadly, pursuing our God-given purposes.
Why not make 2018 a year in which we:
- Dare to expand spiritual horizons. God’s calling and purposes do not have a time limit. – 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.” NLT
- Dare to expand physical horizons- What does medical research tell us? It tells us that a healthy lifestyle prolongs life expectancy. Please check out this inspiring Prevention Magazine story about amazing women, over 60, that are rewriting the books on physical fitness!
- Dare to expand emotional horizons – Dare to drop the emotional baggage of bitterness, unforgiveness, and regret and replace them with the garments of praise, joy, and love!
Dare in 2018
On a recent flight, I sat next to a delightful woman from North Carolina. She and I chatted about many things on the flight from Omaha to Washington DC; however, one of the profound things she said she does to keep her mental edge is to use her birthdate and age as the catalyst to try new things. For instance, on her 43rd birthday, she came up with a list of 43 new things that pushed the boundaries of her comfort zone. They were as tame as making time for family on a regular basis and as bold as ziplining. (Then on her 44th she came up with a list of 44 things, etc.)
This year feed your mind faith, truth, and love!
I liked her idea and have decided to try something similar. This year my challenge is to attempt 58 new things – on top of that list is the business I wrote about in my last blog post! Ladies, we can do what we set our minds to!
Live begins at the end of our comfort zone! Where will 2018 take you?