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Risks Worth Taking

It goes without saying that risks are risky.  With them comes the opportunity to fail- and to fall.

Justin with Training WheelsFor a 4-year old, riding a bike without training wheels is very risky.  He could fall and scrape a knee or an elbow, bleed, and need lots of band aids (or not bleed at all and still need lots of band aids).  Or worse, he could fall and break an arm or bonk a head.   But my son was determined to take the risk anyway.

For me, going to Peru next week to teach 800 women at a conference is very risky.  Peru isn’t risky, teaching isn’t risky, and a women’s conference isn’t risky.  Well, unless they don’t have enough bathrooms.  But the risky part for me is that I will be teaching…in Spanish.

It’s especially risky because I don’t speak much more than conversational Spanish, and I have been known to mix up words like “cocino,” which means “I’m cooking,”  and “cochino,” which is a filthy pig.  This definitely poses a problem if I try to tell someone I like cooking.  Yep.  But, like Justin, I’m determined to take the risk anyway.

The alternative for Justin is not an option.  He’s mastered riding his bike with training wheels and now wants to go faster.  With the training wheels off, I’ve held his bike and run alongside him, but there’s no freedom in being tethered to a gasping mother.

The alternative for me isn’t an option either.  With only an hour to deliver the keynote address, “Disciplining Your Children Without Anger” and only an hour to teach the seminar, “How to Know When you are Mistreating Your Children and How to Stop,” I can’t fathom giving away half of my potential content for translation, not when I’m teaching biblical truth that could change the life of a child for the better.  There’s no freedom in being tethered to a translator.

So…Justin is ready to take the risk.  He’s put on his helmet and poised himself at the top of the sidewalk.

And I’m ready to take the risk.  I’m writing out my talks in English and my friends Sandy and Eliana are graciously translating them into Spanish- and adding lots of phonetic spellings and accent marks, I hope!

For Justin, he might fall.  For me, I might fail.  But then again, with God’s help, we just might fly.

Is there a risk God is asking you to take?  May the following video encourage you to take your risk today!  [wpvideo aZsT1Slz]

14 thoughts on “Risks Worth Taking”

  1. It’s always a blessing to read your posts. May the Lord protect and keep you and let you “fly” in Peru! A – Dios! And as for Justin — looks a bit like his dad, huh?? Wow! Cute!

  2. Great post Heidi! Made me tear up remembering the days when my girls were young and learning to ride without training wheels! My oldest will be graduating from high school in two weeks and leaving for college in August. She will be learning to “fly” for the first time ever outside of the protection of her home and family. Now THAT makes me cry!! I will be praying for you as you travel to Peru!

    1. Wow- Yes, Susan, that’s a whole different kind of flying! I will be praying for you in this very big transition in your life! Thanks for your prayers for my trip!

    1. Thank you, Marlene! I loved following the updates of your trip! It sounded amazing. I will try to post updates here if you would like to follow them. Thanks for your prayers!!

  3. Great perspetive and comparison with your son’s “risk taking.” I had to laugh about “cocino” and “cochino.” My wife is Spanish, and as a chef for many years, I worked with a lot of Mexican people and picked up “kitchen Spanish.” My wife and I both use the word “cochino” when we are frustrated about something. Usually while in the cocino… Have a wonderful trip. I hope there is more than kone bano 😉

    1. Ha! That’s funny! How cool that you were a chef, for one, and that your wife is Spanish, for two! Sounds like you have a built-in, free, language tutor. Well, probably not entirely free! ha.

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