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ARE YOU A RISK TAKER

There have been lots of deaths lately and we know that if this old world keeps turning that there will be lots more in 2005. And because of that some people fear death and even change their lifestyle to try to prevent it. They are controlled by fear. Consider the following statistics:

Many people fear dying in a plane crash.  Yet,  the odds against that are 100,000 to 1. Statistically, a person is more likely to be kicked to death by a donkey than to die in a plane crash.

A fear of being murdered is also extremely high, yet a person is 8 times more likely to die while playing a sport than to be shot by a stranger.

A third great fear is that of surgery – of dying on the operating table. But once again, the chance of death there is small (1 in 40,000), compared with the risk of driving a car on a daily basis (1 in 4,000).

When it comes to taking risks, most of us are curiously irrational. Millions of people buy lottery tickets, even though we are 3 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to strike it rich.  It is ironic that we spend money on extremely long and improbable odds, and intentionally ignore the relatively short odds that concern our health and well-being. For instance, insurance companies predict with startling accuracy that being 30% overweight knocks 3 years off a person's life expectancy.

What does this mean? Well, to put it bluntly – we don't appreciate what are the big risks and what are the small ones. Or to put it another way – when it comes to risks, we are idiots. Undoubtedly, the biggest risk people take is that of living without the salvation that Jesus provides! "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God". (Psalm 14:1)  Behold the turtle. He only makes progress when he sticks his neck out!

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward