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If You Never Try, You’ll Never Know~

I stared at the blank piece of paper

wondering where to begin. This was many years ago.

Deep within my heart there was a story that needed to be written;

an article that asked to be created


the very thought

of writing an entire article intimidated me.

You see, I had never written anything before

and I was scared.

Scared of what?

Failing, perhaps.

Doing a mediocre job.

Who knows, but I remember feeling paralzyed.

Then those powerful words came to my mind

and sank deep within my spirit.

If you try, you might fail.

But if you never try, you’ll never know.

So with that in mind I began to write –

I knew that I might fail

But if I didn’t even try I’d never know.

I wrote it in one sitting, slipped it in an envelope

along with a return stamped envelope

and mailed it out.



Peace! Gave it my best !

God must have known what my tentative spirit needed.

In days I received an acceptance letter.

Shining moments all around

The check that I got a few days later was only the icing on the cake.

I was a writer.

I was in His service.

Whether I never had anything else to be accepted for publication

I knew that I had tried and succeeded.

What about you?

If you don’t try, you’ll never know.

If you do try, you might fail.

But isn’t failure more about never trying than achieving a certain standard of perfection.

I never knew that I could ride a horse

until I tried. And then I worked very hard to learn more skills.

If you try, you might fail.

Mail out the manuscript. Click off that story. Write the poem. Create the song.

You never know.

You never know what you are capable of doing

Until you try. You never know what God will do through you until you try.

So let’s try, dear friends.

The time is now.

I’m trying – Will you?


august 13

Shining Moments

I watched with surprise as she grabbed the package

and took off running after the man in dark clothing.

Out the door she raced

while I stood at the checkout counter watching.


Someone who cares in a world that often just moves on.

Ordinarily if someone forgets a bag

it is held for them until they come back.

Reasonable procedures.

But on this day

I was blessed by this employee who went beyond what was expected

and demonstrated initiative and care for the customer.

Yes, she gets my vote for Employee of the Year.

I wonder

how often do I miss an opportunity to do good

to go beyond.

It is all too easy to be pushed into the mold of our present age

But people have value

and I hunger to keep affirming life,

pulsating, caring life

wherever I see it.

When she stepped back behind the counter and continued

to ring up my purchases.

I spoke.

“Thank you,” I said wanting her to know her kindness was noticed and appreciated.

She smiled back as she proceeded to check my things saying “I caught him. He was almost at his car.”

Totally focused on the customer

but, for me, the lights were all on  her.


How many of us will sacrifice ourselves and our time

to step out of our comfortable box

to give to another?

To lend a hand

to help carry a load

to run an errand

to smile and spend some time.

Yes, this woman raised the bar of service

and I’m so glad that she did.

I’ll never forget it.

No, I don’t ever want to forget it.