One hundred and forty people are on top of Mt. Everest at this very moment. Each of them have something very much in common with the other. They each have passion. They each have ambition. They each have the desire to overcome all obstacles and climb the world’s tallest mountain. However, none of these things is what they most have in common. What is it then? They are all dead.
In the middle of chasing their dream and doing the impossible, something went wrong.
Maybe the storm got too strong. Maybe they didn’t heed the warnings and tried for the summit despite warnings they should wait. Maybe something else happened entirely. Some of the stories we may know, some we will never know.
This we know for sure; they tried. They’ve already made more progress than many of us. We think about doing this or doing that, but that’s as far as we get. These people were in the action phase and were trying. They were further along than many of us are.
In fact, many of us are sitting in our chairs reading this and are more dead than they are. Many of them are more alive than any of us will be. Unless we make a choice.
Today is the day the choice is to be made. Will you make the choice to be alive? It may not be easy and it may take some work, but are you willing to take the chance to be alive or is being a walking graveyard enough for you?
It’s your choice.
What are you going to do about it?
Each of the trees were green and strong. Oaks they were and strength was something they were proud of. The trees talked with one another and compared how strong they were.
A small acorn grew and grew until it had become a young tree. His branches were green and wide. He had the tallest branches and greenest leaves of all the young trees.
Many days he bragged to the other young trees and told them to look at his strong branches. He bragged about how strong he was and gloated in the sunlight. An old oak, with white vines growing on his trunk, spoke up.
Risk. It’s become a word we seem to fear. When we think of something we’d like to do, we ask what’s the chance this or that will happen. We fear something going the wrong way or just going wrong. We’re afraid of unknown things that could happen. Maybe we’ve watched too many TV shows or movies. If we open this door or go down that path, it will cause a chain reaction of things that will somehow make our life worse.
What this ends up doing is to cause us to permanently hit the pause button. Instead of letting life play itself out, we reduce or eliminate risk by doing nothing. An opportunity comes our way and we pass. We let risk rule our world and procrastination move in.
Why do I like Nicodemus? He was, after all, a Pharisee. You know, the snobs of the Bible. They knew it all already. They wore their fancy outfits, said their fancy prayers, and heck they even wore a little box on their forehead that had a scripture in it. They wanted to be seen.
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Now they were a smart group of people. You didn’t just become a Pharisee. It was work. They were very particular in following the laws exactly. I’m not sure if Nicodemus rejected Jesus at first or not. But I do know that he did what each of us should do; ask questions.
He had questions in his heart that needed answers. Following the law all of those years wasn’t satisfying him on the inside. When he saw Jesus, he saw something different. He felt something different. He knew something was different. He could have ignored it and continued his strict stance of the laws, but he didn’t. He snuck by night and found where Jesus was. Then, he started asking questions.