Risk Taker

Today I am remembering a couple of my favorite childhood items. My Evel Knievel action figure and my Evel Knievel lunch box. I thought he was just the coolest dude back in the day. I mean who else would attempt to jump Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle, and break 40 bones before his retirement in 1980?

Today at 69 years of age Evel Knievel past away.

I know I was not alone in my admiration of this crazy daredevil. I think the reason I, along with so many other little boys were so enamored with him, was he was not afraid to look risk in the eye, and go for it! He wasn't afraid to attempt the impossible. He did the things the rest of us only dreamed of doing. We would try to be like him by jumping our bicycles off of little rickety jumps and spilling them all over the sidewalk in the process. I think a little part of us even thought we could someday be just like him. We took risks, albeit little ones, and we felt great doing it.

What we need more of today, especially in the Church, are risk takers. Daredevils. We need more people willing to try things a little crazy, willing to fail, in attempt of doing something great for the Kingdom. God is placing "Snake Canyons" in front of us all the time. The question is, are we willing to attempt the jump.

Does God have a "Snake Canyon" in front of you? Are you willing to take the risk and go after it?

4 comments:

KC said...

sad day. I want to be a kid again.

Rodney Olsen said...

Good to know that he recently gave his life to Jesus. He fought it for most of his life but I saw a video of him giving his testimony and while it was obvious he wasn't in great health, he was so passionate about his new found faith.

Brian Eberly said...

Wow! Praise God. I did not know that.

The Thief said...

yes, it was pretty touching. He was my hero as a kid, and I was very pleased when I read his testimony in the paper some months ago...

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