At Least Try

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Many of us spend a lot of time telling ourselves, “No.” Add to this the unfortunate fact that sometimes we are surrounded by others that enjoy saying, “No,” and you end up with a “No” culture both in and around your heart.

But what if you ignored it?

What is the worst thing that can happen if you try and fail? Maybe the consequences would be serious, but maybe they wouldn’t be (or at least they might be bearable compared with not trying at all).

And what if you tried and actually succeeded?

Recently, I was eaten up with a desire to write a children’s book. I had to do it. Forgive me ladies for using the metaphor, but I literally had to “birth” it in order to find peace. Any writer knows the tormenting yet glorious feeling.

Is the book good? I hope. But more importantly, I said “yes.” I tried. I am not going to reach 50 or 60 or 80 years of age and wonder, “What if?” Sometimes, it simply feels rewarding to know, “I took the leap. I tried.” And then you let the chips fall where they may.

So what is in your heart? What do you need to try? More importantly, what has God deposited in your heart that has your name written on it?

I would rather fail than not try, because along the way, I am bound to be pleasantly surprised at least some of the time. If you are interested in reading my first attempt at a children’s book, click here. It is a creative retelling of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, and I had so much fun writing it. Better yet, my very talented seven-year-old son illustrated the entire book, and although I may be partial, I must say: Wow is he talented. Hopefully it is something he will cherish for the rest of his life.

Seek the Lord. Think about it. Journal some. Talk to someone you trust. And at some point, take the leap and try.


Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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