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.