Daring can just as easily mean courageous as it can foolhardy. When a daring act turns out well, we can easily say that it was so courageous. On the other hand, after a failed adventure, it’s all to easy to label it as foolhardy.
For instance, when a news report of a small sailboat in trouble off the coast, there are many ranting comments on some sailing forums about the lunacy of the sailboat’s captain. Another time, a comment was directed at someone who asked about sailing his boat offshore. “Only a fool would sail a Cape Dory 25 in the ocean,” a man responded. Many small sailboats cross the Atlantic, the captains tell of their success, and all hands are on deck to respond how wonderful it is.
It’s no wonder people become afraid to step out, to risk, to dare. It’s hard to be different, to risk being labeled a fool for stepping out to try something a person has never before attempted. Someone once said, “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” To do daring things, go daringly into places we’ve not charted, we need not be reckless, but thoughtful, not timid but courageous, in the face of failure.
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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed. . . —2 Chronicles 32:7