When I was younger, I took a lot of risks. I drove fast, bungee jumped, learned to drive a motorcycle, traveled by myself and that’s just naming a few risky things I did. The list could go on and on. But when I became a mother everything changed. I instantly became afraid of everything. I no longer wanted to risk my life, I wanted to be cautious protecting myself and my child.
With my fear, I became an over protected mother with my first born. I didn’t let her play outside and when she did I was a wreck. I can remember the time she was learning out how to ride a bike. I was fearful. I knew she would fall and couldn’t bear to watch. I had to go inside, peek through the window while squinting my eyes (as if that made it any better). I also had to make sure she was covered from head to toe using an helmet, knee and arm pads. I wanted to do everything possible to keep her safe.
He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a serpent will bit him who breaks through a wall. He who quarries stones is hurt by them, and he who splits logs is endangered by them. If the iron is blunt, and one does not sharpen the edge, he must use more strength, but wisdom helps one to succeed.
This verse teaches us in life that accidents will happen and disaster can strike at anytime. No matter how careful you work, there is nothing you can do to avoid it. But this verse also teaches us that we can prepare for it as well. Just like I did with my daughter when she was learning to ride her bike. Falling was inevitable. But giving her the tools she needed to protect her when she fell was all she needed. She was able to learn from it and she tried again and again, until she finally succeeded at riding her bike.
Now I ask you to think about the risks you are afraid of? Now ask yourself what steps can you take to prepare for it and overcome that fear?
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