Getting Your Ducks in a Row!

I recently had someone recommend a website to me about living fearlessly. I couldn’t remember the site but thought I would google it and see what I could find. There were 1,650,000 results attached to the phrase “living fearlessly.”

Baby Mallard Ducks

While I am sure that many of these results have only a semantic difference with what I talk about in being courageous I believe there is a vastly different message sent in telling people to live fearlessly.

I believe the message being sent is wait until you have all of your ducks in a row before you go after your dream. It’s a message that encourages you to live in your someday world. It’s a message that says if you have any fear at all about whatever your dreams are to continue to strive for fearlessness before blasting off. Living courageously is also not just about our dreams but sometimes about simply making difficult decisions or having difficult conversations.

This may be a subtle difference but I would much rather, and am learning how to more and more each day, live courageously. Living courageously requires us to step out in spite of our fears. It requires that we take leaps of faith without knowing the outcome but knowing that there is adventure ahead with failures and victories that those waiting for fearlessness will never experience.

Each step is a learning experience that helps us grow and helps us to see that even the failures, though sometimes painful, have great value and add to our character and our life story.

Several years ago I watched a really fun movie titled Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. They first meet on an airplane and begin a discussion about things they would like to do “someday.”

Tom Cruise brings the discussion to a very abrupt end when he says, “Someday is code for never.”

What are you waiting to do as you get your ducks all lined up? How long have you been waiting until your fear is gone? How long will you continue to live in your “someday” world?


How would you rather live; fearlessly or courageously?

Joshua 1:9   Romans 5:3


This was originally posted in October of 2014.


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  • Back in 1962 after my freshman year at Bible College I read in an AOPA (Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association – my dad was a pilot/preacher) magazine about air hitchhiking. It described how you go to any airport and if you see someone loading up their private plane, you ask them where they are going and if it sounded interesting to you, you ask, “Mind if I ride along?”

    I shared the article with another preacher kid friend and we decided to go. We went out to the local airport and waited for our first ride. We ended up riding with strangers in their private airplanes from Nebraska to Denver to Salt Lake City to Reno and ended our journey at Long Beach California where I called my grandparents and they picked us up. We traveled back separately the same way. It was the adventure of a lifetime and we did it because we didn’t say, “someday we should do that!” We just did it.


      Ron, thank you for taking the time to read my post and comment. I’ll bet that you have had a lot of adventures over your life because you avoided “Someday!” Congratulations.
      Sorry I didn’t respond sooner I thought I was set up to receive an e-mail when I have a comment but I never got one for any of yours. I’m still figuring this out!

  • Jolene Kowalski

    Love your comments, Dave! Always inspiring and encouraging!


      Thank you, Jolene, for taking the time to read and comment on my posts! I appreciate your feedback!