Unfortunately, when most people think of daring, they recall the “dumb” dares of middle school or the daredevil dares of others.
Forget those so-called dares. They aren’t the ones that concern us today.
Our concern is daring to live a life that will count for Christ.
William H. Danforth, author of the best-selling book I Dare You, wrote, “I want you to start a crusade in your life – to dare to be your best.” He makes the case for the “four-square life,” based on Luke 2:52.
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (KJV).
His challenge is to dare to develop the following areas of life:
- Your mental life (increase in wisdom)
- Your physical life (increase in stature)
- Your spiritual life (in favor with God)
- Your social life (Increase in favor with man)
I liked this idea and his little book so much that I’ve read it several times and have been sharing it with my 7th and 8th grade classes.
It also inspired me to dig into God’s Word to find examples of men and women who dared to live for God.
I did not have to look far, and the life of one man especially impressed me: Daniel. He dared to stand for God in a pagan land. He dared to honor God’s standards, down to his very diet. He dared to trust God for a vision when all the other wise men couldn’t even guess the king’s disturbing dream. He dared to make God a priority in prayer even if doing so meant defying a decree that could end his life.
That’s the kind of bold daring I want to exercise in my life, and I hope you want for yours as well.
This Friday, Lord willing, I will be speaking at a senior high graduation on the daring lessons we can learn from the life of Daniel. I hope to share some of them with you later on, but for now, I want to leave you with a challenge: find the courage and strength to dare boldly with the responsibilities God’s given you today. Remember, all things are possible with Him (Luke 1:37).