My high school football coach would often say, “You’re not playing to win, you’re playing not to lose.”
By that he meant we had traded being aggressive for being passive, that we needed to stop worrying about making mistakes and start trying to make plays and have fun.Â In the same way I think that many of us are living our lives “not to lose,” rather than living to win.
Answer this question: What am I scared of losing that is keeping me from living the life I know in my gut I want to live?
- Do you want to start a business but are too afraid of the financial risk?
- Do you want to write poetry but are afraid that people won’t think it’s any good?
- Do you want to serve the poor but are afraid of sacrificing the time, emotion, and resources?
- Do you want to speak your mind but are afraid that you’ll be judged by people in your family, church, or social group?
Think about which is worseâ€”having your fear come true or letting more of your life pass without trying to live it the way you know it should be lived? The likeliness that you’re going to end up completely destitute and alone are probably remote, especially compared to the reality that by doing nothing you’re losing more and more time to spend your life the way you wantâ€”no needâ€”to spend it.
Think about it.
Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
- Luke 17:33