Rev. David Wynn
“It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool,
for love, for your dreams,
for the adventure of being alive.”
Now This! This is something I am particularly good at! I can absolutely be a fool for love! When I was young and broke, I once rode a Greyhound bus from Texas to Indiana so I could drive my girlfriend to Texas. Did you know that Greyhound buses stop in every single town between Texas and Indiana? What’s 26 hours on a bus when you’re in love? In retrospect is was sheer hell, but at the time my longing outweighed any anxiety I felt about being trapped inside a metal cylinder that smelled faintly of pepperoni, sardines, and exhaustion.
I can also be a fool for my dreams and the adventure of being alive…sometimes. It depends on the level of risk I’m being asked to take. What will following my heart’s longing cost? The bigger question often becomes “do I deserve this thing I feel so called too.” Other big questions are “what will the collateral damage be?” “What if I fail?” What if my dream is not actually the right dream?” "What if people think I'm foolish?" Fear and more fear and this is the short list. So, how do we negotiate fear in life giving ways? How do we make progress towards our dreams and the adventure of being alive? The good news is that it does not involve a Greyhound bus, 26 hours on the road, or the smell of pepperoni, sardines, and exhaustion. You're welcome, see you Sunday.