I Dare You.
Those words were terrifying to me as a child. Even now, at 36 years of age I am not a fan of being dared to do anything. I tend to observe and weigh all options before ever acting on something so the thought of being dared to take a risk, to make a quick choice or act before understanding the consequences is a no good, very bad day in the making.
Yet, as a kid, one dare changed the course of my childhood and my life. I lived in a neighborhood with all boys growing up. We were all Coast Guard kids and we ran around the neighborhood all summer, from early in the morning, until late at night. We played war (I was always the general), rode bikes and climbed trees. Well, at first, the boys climbed trees-I on the other hand preferred to keep my feet on solid ground! However, one day, when I was 9 or 10, a new boy in the neighborhood noticed my reluctance to climb even the shortest of trees….so he dared me! He DARED ME to climb a tree! Shaking, I accepted this dare, because what general allows her troops to see her shake!
I climbed the tree that day and it taught me something about myself: if I want to, I can overcome my fears and accomplish the task at hand.
That dare gave me some confidence and that confidence has been needed throughout my life. It’s crazy how we don’t recognize the things in our lives that are holding us back. We tend to blame our own limitations, others attitudes or even blame God.
Leaders, when was the last time you took a dare: a dare to overcome a fear, a dare to grow more intimate with Jesus, or a dare to take a different perspective on life and ministry?
In Psalm 34:8 David presents us with a dare that, I think, will change the course of our lives.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.”
It’s a dare! A dare for us to taste and see, in other words it’s a dare to EXPERIENCE God’s goodness! It’s a dare to change our perspective about life and ministry.
Often, as leaders, we get caught up or bogged down in the everyday attendance numbers, giving totals and unwise choices of our church members. We get focused on all the things that went wrong, all the typos in worship songs, the baby crying during the message and the leader who failed to do what they promised to do.
Today, I dare you. I double dog dare you to EXPERIENCE, to taste and see that the LORD is good!
I dare you to recount the AMAZING things that God did this past week.
I DARE you to make a list of all the ways that God showed up for you, for your church and for your family!
I DARE you to recount his goodness and faithfulness to anyone who will listen and not just for them… for you. Recounting God’s goodness, his faithfulness and his provision will help to shift your perspective and give you hope in the days ahead.
I wonder what would happen if you took this dare today? If you said, I’ll recount the goodness of God that I have experienced and I’ll share it with others.
Pastor-Leader I DARE you to return to the place where you “Taste and see that the LORD is good” and allow this dare to change the course of your day, your week and hopefully your life.
I DARE YOU.
Share some of what God has done in the comment section!