We live in a world of rules. Some of us do a really good job at following them and some of us don’t. Some of us naturally gravitate towards doing what is expected of us, because society has taught us that those are the things we need to do to be effective/effecient/successful/you-fill-in-the-blank. They teach us them in school from a young age… how to edit our behavior in such a way as to not tick anyone off, and to climb the success ladder. Conventional wisdom confirms these rules, the vast majority of people follow these rules, and everything around us teaches them as the only way to live. And the weird thing is… they are all right! If you play the game by the rules, you’ll be happy.


I have it in my heart to do something. Not something big, or new… that would be arrogant to claim that… something small. This thing requires some rules to be broken. I’m not talking about robbing a bank or laundering money or anything like that… but this thing is something that if I were to pursue it, I’d be in a place where every rule of logic and reason would break down. Something that no one in the world would recommend that I follow through with it.

My enthusiasm is quickly met with 20 reasons why not.
My excitement is confronted with advice… things like ‘wait,’ ‘be patient,’ ‘think it through.’
My compulsion is squelched by the opinions of men who have played by the rules for so long, risk is not an option.

There’s this crazy friction in life between practicality and risk… on the one hand you want to be wise and not do something stupid.

On the other hand, there’s a part in every one of us that a life that is not lived in pursuit of something miraculous is not worth living.

And though rules have their place, “to live without risk is to risk not living.” (Brennan Manning)


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  1. I heard a TED talk the other day that explains how our school system teaches our children how to loose their creativity and gravitate toward the social standard of being a productive, straight edge, and ‘inside the line’ individual. Take for example a kindergarden classroom. You pass by during art and the pictures they draw are all out of wack. The grass is pink and the sun is green. Nothing is inside of the proper lines…The children draw with no boundaries.Then pass by a 4th grade class room during art. The grass is green and the sun is yellow. The art of the picture looses its creativity and rules have been placed all over the page. Then take the one child that fails art for breaking the rules and continues to draw ‘out of the lines’. In 10 years…he’ll be making about 3 million per painting. Haha, wow that was a long spill…but I write all that to say that to say that sometimes you have to write out of the lines and break some rules of social norms of the vast majority. You risk to be that one kid that makes it far beyond his peers years down the road. And risking… is an option. Whether it’s great or small…usually risking is the most fun option of all. 🙂

  2. And then there are the rules one must adhere to, such as existing state laws – laws that are meant to protect young women who are underage from sexual predators. Our church and God’s work is going to suffer as a result of your lack of diligence, prudence and oversight. Although God can overcome poor choices by an individual, some will suffer the consequences. Yah feel me, bro?

  3. Good point, anonymous. I should have specified that in my blog…I’m not talking about laws/rules meant to protect us, and the effectiveness that only faithfulness to the process will bring (being ‘diligent’ and having integrity and consistency in oversight), I was only trying to make a point that few people are risk takers, and though I feel ready to risk, I’m met with a lot of opposition.Noted, though. Appreciate the criticism.

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