What’s the scariest dare you’ve ever taken? As a child, mine was to ride a block of ice down a killer hill on a nearby golf course at night. But the dares I’ve faced as an adult have been far fiercer: adopting foster kids, starting my own business, sticking with my marriage when I thought I couldn’t do it. Or, as a recovering perfectionist, when I thought I couldn’t do it …exactly right.
What about you? Are you a dare-taker? In this post I’m excited to introduce a new friend who shares her story… and a little challenge for each of us today! Enjoy!
It was pitch black. My flashlight beam bounced all around thanks to my shaky hand. I swallowed hard. There was no turning back. I had already accepted those fateful words:
“I dare you.”
I set out to accomplish my dare: cross a deserted country highway, in the dark, at 3 a.m. on a Sunday morning. It seemed simple enough, but to a group (gaggle? posse? flock?) of 7th grade girls, this was the dare of all dares. As I neared the middle of the road, I grew confident. “Pshaw. This is easy,” I thought to myself.
Suddenly, my friends start squawking and squealing. Headlights were coming. Sure, they were a good half-mile away, but WHO was driving on the road at 3am in the country? My heart raced. I turned and ran faster than I ever had in my life. A jumble of screaming girls piled into the tent. We peeked out the zipper flap to make sure the car passed by.
But the car turned into the driveway.
We tried to stifle our screams of terror as waited to meet the unknown stranger that would surely be our demise…
The car parked. The door opened. We knew the end was near. We held our breath…
It was the Kansas City Star paper delivery guy.
Good. Grief. We were terrified of the paper delivery guy? Sheesh.
Years later, we still laugh about that story. And although I’m not camping out in the backyard playing truth or dare much anymore, I must admit that sometimes my imagination still runs away with me… Especially when it comes to thinking about the unknown.
When we really begin to think about the unknown, it can become overwhelming and intimidating. The questions of “What if?” or “Then what?” or “Yeah, but…” flood our mind when we try to figure out our future. It can be pretty scary.
But here’s the great news: We can trust our unknown future to a known God.
That’s right, folks. God is our flashlight when we venture into the unknown. He already knows what is going to happen. But He doesn’t just know—He PLANNED it. He’s got our back. He’s promised to walk with us through everything that life might bring us. Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
What a great and truthful promise from the Lord! God Himself is Truth. If we choose to live out that Truth, then we don’t have to fear any “dares” in our life, especially when it comes to the unknown.
Think for just a moment… Has God “dared” you to do anything lately but the fear of the unknown keeps you from acting on it? Perhaps God is encouraging you to take a leap of faith? Or maybe step outside of your comfort zone? Or bring Him glory in a new, fresh way? Instead of talking yourself out of it before you even start, cling to the Truth… And trust God with the dare He’s given you.
It will be worth it. I promise. And even more importantly: HE promises.
Don’t worry about the unknown. God is our flashlight. Remember that many of those terrifying “dark” spots of the unknown usually turn out to be as threatening as a paper delivery guy.
Unlike that childhood game, we don’t have to choose between Truth OR Dare… We can choose Truth AND Dare. We can trust God’s plan for our lives. We can live in His Truth… and take those faith-rooted dares with confidence.
It’s your turn to pick. What will it be? Truth… Or Dare… Or Both?
A personal pep-talker and Jesus lover at heart, Sharita Knobloch is a chocolate-indulging, pseudo-running, sarcastically-creative minister, writer and speaker. She blogs daily and hosts a ministry called 7 Days Time which encourages others to be active in sharing God’s love via prayer and random acts of kindness. Sharita is also SERVE Ministry Apprentice at Christ Community Church. Whenever she gets the chance, she enjoys hanging out with her beloved infantry drill sergeant husband and their hilarious puppy, Sweet Justus.