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TO ALL THE KIDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE
1930ís 40ís, 50ís, 60ís and 70ís!
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didnít get tested for diabetes.
Then after that trauma, our baby cribs were covered with bright colored
We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took
As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.
Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.
We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE
actually died from this.
We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank soda pop with sugar in it, but we werenít overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back
when the streetlights came on.
No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.
We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the
bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.
We did not have Playstations, Nintendoís, X-boxes, no video games at all, no
99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no cell
phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat
rooms..........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.
We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.
We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friendís house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didnít
had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They
actually sided with the law!
This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers
and inventors ever!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned
HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
"When somebody says, That cant be done, I smile. Thats about all I need to go after it. Im not a risk taker. Im a risk pervert."
A RISK-TAKER FOR GOD
What does it mean to be a risk taker for God, for His Kingdom?
1. It means opening yourself up to change.
2. It is the acceptance of the fact that there is a need for change.
3. It is literally taking the behavioral steps necessary that will result in that change.
4. It is the honest appraisal of a situation in life or others which requires your action of faith.
5. Its understanding the risks involved in taking such faith action steps.
6. It is making a choice to take the required faith action step.
7. It is performing the action with full consciousness of the risks, pros and cons and potential outcome and still being willing to trust God.
8. It is accepting the consequences of such action.
9. It is the ability to ignore your need for other's approval in order to take the most appropriate action for you and others.
10. It involves taking the gamble that you may experience rejection from others for the faith actions you have chosen to take.
11. It is pursuing the required actions despite the fear that it will affect others negatively, resulting in their efforts to make you feel guilty about taking such action.
12. It is deciding to make a personal sacrifice of time, energy, ability and knowledge as an investment to better your circumstances and others lives.
(The list above from) Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/14727-becoming-a-risk-taker/#ixzz1W8h7uk9I