Hope Devotional - SAFE Return to previous page
Author: Blaine Bartel

If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB

We have all heard people tell us to ďplay it safeĒ in life. But the ones who experience great success in life are those who take the right risks.

In baseball, Babe Ruth held the record for the most home runs but he also held the record for the most strikeouts. Why? Because he didnít play it safe. He didnít try for a single or double when he was at bat. When he was swinging, it was for a home run. He swung so hard, one of two things was going to happen. Either he was going to miss, which only meant he could take another try, or he was going to knock the ball out of the park.

When life pitches you the ball, you can play it safe and wait for the perfect pitch, which rarely comes, or you can increase your chances of hitting t out of the park by swinging more and waiting less.

Do you have a dream for a career that seems too big, and are you tempted to shoot for less because youíre afraid to fail? Do you want to witness to a friend but fear striking out, so you donít try?
Those who are inducted into lifeís hall of fame are not the ones who play it safe; they play to win.
Swing at your dreams. You just might surprise yourself with a home run. You will never know until you try.

Commitment Prayer

Lord, help me not to be afraid to take the right risks. I donít want to confuse recklessness with taking risks. But I also donít want to get to the end of my life and wonder what I might have been if I would have taken a few more swings. Give me the needed discernment to know when to swing and the strength to hit the ball out of the park. In Jesusí name, I pray. Amen!


Blaine Bartel, Oneightyģ Devotional (Tulsa: Harrison House Publishers, copyright 2003.)