Writing The Scary Letter of Death

Writing The Scary Letter of Death

I’ve been looking at houses to rent in Bar Harbor, Maine for the Summit Leaders trip there in August. I found one house that was amazing, but it was WAY out of our budget range for the trip.

I was praying about what to do and felt like I was supposed to ask the owner to consider dropping the price by 75% for us.

I wrote up a letter, but then got all scared to send it. I was sitting there analyzing my fear when I realized what it was: I was terrified of the guy telling me no. I didn’t want to be disappointed.

It reminded me of two things:

  1. Never say NO for other people. Always be bold enough to ask. People will rarely say ‘yes’ without you asking them.
  2. Getting told no is disappointing. But getting told yes is a thrill. You’ll never get to the thrill until you get over your fear and ask.

Fear is at the root of me missing out on a lot of good things in life. Usually the fear isn’t even fear of something that will kill me. It’s just fear of looking dumb or being disappointed.

I need to be bold. Pray boldly. Ask boldly. You’ll rarely get anyone to say yes if you don’t ask.