I am a history fanatic! My favorite books (apart from spiritual, life enhancement books) are when the past is intertwined with the present. Keeping up with multiple story lines running parallel to each other is a great mental workout 🙂
What I love the most about history is that it evokes so much reflection and emotion. Would you have risked it all for love, during WWII? Would you have the courage to speak out against discrimination and evil? Would you go against the Church and say that the world is round and not flat? We would all agree that saying yes, to any of the above questions is aligning one within the direct path of danger. For people in history that took the plunge and said yes, they possessed an immense amount of bravery.
This week I had a conversation with someone about why we as humans, tend to underestimate ourselves. Neglecting to believe that we can rise beyond our potential, acts a safeguard from the disappointment of when (really, if) the former happens. We don’t want to get our hopes up, so we often just don’t hope for anything at all.
Although I admire history, I do have a greater appreciation for the present. As this current moment is the time that I have write my own life’s story. The past’s stories are interesting to read, but their script is ended; mine is not. Would you risk it all for a love that fills your deepest voids? Would you have the courage to stand up for what you believe, even if it is not trending? Would you go against the religion of the Church and speak about what Jesus really encompasses?
And the ultimate question: Do you want to be a safe-taker, who is comfortable or a risk-taker, who is fulfilled in life?
Romans 12:2. The world says, “Keep your options open and stay safe in the gray.” The Word says, “I am the only option, there is no other way.”