Every time I hear the expression, “it’s the moment of truth”, I think back to some of the most dangerous things I ever did as a young man. Like swinging from a crane hook 150 feet above the ground, or going 140 miles per hour on a motorcycle (without a helmet).

At the time I suppose my testosterone level was so high that I didn’t have the sense to be scared. When I look back now, I shudder to think how closely I was dancing with death.

The moment of truth; an eerily telling statement about the real risks involved.

What will the truth be? What are the consequences of un-truth? In either of the cases mentioned above, un-truth could have been an equipment failure or operator error leading to my death.

There are numerous times in our lives when we must take certain risks. Without some risk there can be little advancement.

We prepare as best we can to limit our risk and have a plan to manage loss if something goes wrong. But there is always risk associated with growth. When a toddler begins to walk, there is risk of falling, so we baby-proof our homes.

When they learn to ride a bike, there is risk of crashing, so we provide helmets. Preparation makes the moment of truth much safer.

And then there is that personal moment of truth that hits us somewhere between 40 and 60 years of age. The time when we realize how much time has gone by and how much might be left.

I remember turning 50 and thinking, “well, I guess I’m past the half-way mark now.” That gave me a feeling of satisfaction, and a certain apprehension at the same time. The question really is, have I fulfilled my potential? There’s a moment of truth.

One thing that prevents people from reaching their potential is the fear of risk. Zig Ziglar used to say: “If you wait for all of the lights to turn green before you leave the house, you will never get to town.”

Or, “So you say that if you go back to school at 36, you won’t get your degree until you are 40? How old will you be in 4 years if you don’t go back to school?”

The moment of truth, might be the moment we least expect. What will the truth be? What are the consequences of un-truth? Have I fulfilled my potential? Am I wasting valuable time? What am I afraid of?

The truth is, God made all of us out of pure love, Jesus Christ came to save us from ourselves by pure love, and the Holy Spirit operates among us and in us out of pure love. You are great because God made you great! Now go and live into that legacy!

Blessings and Peace to You All,

Fr. David+

Rev. Dr. David Bridges is the pastor at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Grove. He can be reached at frdavid@standrewsgrove.org. St. Andrew's worship service is at 10 a.m., every Sunday, and broadcast on KWXC 88.9 FM at noon on Thursdays and at 5 p.m. on Saturdays.