Question: Three ducks were sitting on the edge of a fast flowing river. One of the ducks decides to swim to the other side. How many ducks are left?
Hmm, the quick answer is two, but it sounds like a trick question doesn’t it.
Answer: Three. Just because you (or a duck) decide to do something doesn’t mean that you will actually do it.
But what if one of those ducks actually goes for it. What if one of them dares to take on a fast flowing river to get to the other side…then how many do you have left?
Okay, now the answer must be two, but realistically I still think that is the wrong answer.
Answer: Zero. When you (or a duck) courageously decide to take a risk for a worthy cause it will often embolden those around you to do the same.
Billy Graham said it this way, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.”
One of the biggest regrets a person of faith has on their death bed is that they didn’t take more risks. This is a reminder that the greatest moments in your life will not take place when you make a decision, but when you act on one. And you never know who might be inspired to follow you. Courage inspires courage.