## Take a Chance – 1½ minute read

A packing area at Kit and Drew’s house

In high school, I developed a sophisticated formula related to probability and submitted it as a paper to our regional science-math competition. Won a blue ribbon–as I recall–cut from cloth with a pair of scissors. But the real prize was a life-long understanding and appreciation for mathematical prediction.

Scripture proves that God sometimes suspends the laws of nature. But the truth is that He does that only rarely. Normally, when you throw something into the air, it falls back to earth–perhaps hurting someone, if you’re not careful. Nature also has laws of probability. God suspends the laws of probability occasionally, but not very often. People who violate those laws frequently hurt themselves or others.

Those who have read our Life Skills book on making good choices know that I think gambling is foolish. “A tax on people poor in math,” one wag said. Our readers may also remember that I endorse taking chances–when the odds are in your favor. Risk taking is almost always necessary for great accomplishment or reward.

In a previous blog, I reported that FamilyLife’s departure from Little Rock leaves us no reason to remain here. We are hoping to have an adventure moving somewhere new, perhaps Washington State. Some people have shook their heads in wonder, “Why would you do that at your age?”

We think the odds are in our favor. And at our age, we certainly have less to lose. Currently, we are busy packing up and preparing our house for sale. We’ve been to Washington and done meticulous research. We have a solid plan.

Let me encourage you, dear reader, once you’ve carefully worked something through, if the odds of success are good, take a chance.

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### 4 Responses to Take a Chance – 1½ minute read

1. jmcargin says:

*Good morning* Kit and Drew:

Thank you for sharing glimpses of your thoughts, which were woven into your last post, “Take a Chance.”

I would appreciate further learning from your ongoing WA moving considerations. In this regard, facets of my personal reflections and *searching *are also extended in the following question:

What ‘*eternal’ perspectives* *and* *truth-oriented senses of leading* – as well as *unique personal hopes and desires* – are meaningfully coloring and directing your present purposes and vision?

Thank you so much for passing along understanding you have developed in relation to this question.

Jeanne.

On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 11:30 PM More Than Ordinary Lives wrote:

> Kit and Drew Coons posted: ” In high school, I developed a sophisticated > formula related to probability and submitted it as a paper to our regional > science-math competition. Won a blue ribbon–as I recall–cut from cloth with > a pair of scissors. But the real prize was a life-long und” >

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2. English Holland says:

We are excited for your new adventure !!! Looking forward to hearing where He leads you ! Love English

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• Thanks, English. LOVED the picture of your family at Christmas. You should be proud. Love u

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3. Jane Campbell says:

I so admire your energy and bravery! You make friends everywhere you go and always set up a lovely home. The weather will be a welcome change from the ups and downs of Arkansas weather and the miserable summers. I’m so excited for you both! Be sure and let us know when your next adventure book is published.

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