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Taking a Dare

Posted on: July 21, 2014

A Christmas Story ranks among my favourite holiday movies. Fans of this film will remember the scene where one character, Flick, is “triple dog dared” to stick his tongue to a metal pole in the winter—a dare he rashly takes.

We tend to think of dares as foolish suggestions we’d do best to ignore.

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Pilgrimage to Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

However, I recently read Lu Ann Cahn’s I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day, and I love her idea of daring ourselves to try new things so that we get out of a rut, grow as individuals, and find a new zest for life.

What if we applied this to our Christian walk? I’m talking about challenging yourself to do something—however large or small—that’s outside your comfort zone and that you’ve never done before. Here are a few suggestions:

Not only do small steps such as these remind us that we need to live out our faith every day and not only on Sundays, but they also give us some practice in sharing our faith.

And we might just find the courage to follow the path God has been leading us toward and to serve him in ways that take us outside that expanded comfort zone.

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Food for Thought

(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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