Owen Strachan is executive director of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (cbmw.org) and assistant professor of Christian Theology and Church History at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of Risky Gospel—the book from which this week's readings are adapted. He and his wife, Bethany, are members of Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville. They have two children.
What he Said … To Jump or Not to Jump?
Many years ago a 16-year-old boy crouched in front of several friends and total strangers, trying to seize the courage necessary to jump off a rock into the waiting water below. It did not happen.
I could not do it.
I'm not sure that true manhood necessarily overlaps with such feats. But there was a parable in that moment that has repeatedly come to mind since that day. The takeaway was this: There are going to be moments in life, perhaps many, when it is not your circumstances that paralyze you. It is not physical or mental inability. No, what will stop you dead in your tracks is simpler.
It will be a lack of boldness. It will be a failure to see the power of God, and to risk everything in this world to gain him.