Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom for the future. (Proverbs 19:20 NRSV)
There is a good story about a husband and wife who had walked out on a long dock extending into the Mississippi River. As they stood there, looking at the vastness of that great river, they heard running footsteps behind them. Here came a man running as fast as he could toward the end of the dock. They stepped back as he passed them going full speed. At the end of the dock he increased his speed, gave a mighty yell and took a flying leap toward the opposite bank. He went about fifteen feet and splashed into the water.

Alarmed, the couple raced out to the end and fished the man out of the water. "What in the world are you doing?" the woman asked the man when he was safely on the dock.

Panting and spitting water, he said, "A man up there on the hill just bet me a million to one I couldn't jump across the Mississippi River. I couldn't stand there and think about those odds without at least trying it."

In today's world, no one should be foolishly and overly optimistic. This will always be a hard, cruel world. Before you start a new business, talk to a good accountant. Before you risk your fortune on a dream, make certain that you have considered every possible eventuality. Before you jump into the unknown, get all the advice you can. Still, as people of faith, we should not fear the future. After all, the future belongs to God.

Dear God, my future is in your hands. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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