“I Double-Dog Dare You!” When those words plug the drums of your ears, you either become the hero or the victim—the legend or the loser. Dares produce damages when they lack virtuous acts.
Last week, a good ole’ chap named John Morillo from Windsor, Ontario was reminded of this cosmological truth. For years, he had been telling his friends that he could swim across the Detroit River, a river which separates Canada and the United States. After a night of drinking (first mistake), and friends daring him to do it, Morillo accepted the challenge. He dove into the river and started swimming. After about thirty minutes, he looked up and saw the Coast Guard helicopters circling him and boats sailing towards him. At that point, logic surfaced. He thought to himself, “This is really stupid”. No kidding.
The Canadian, “want to be” Michael Phelps, arrived to the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave at about 12:50 A.M. When Morillo climbed out of the river, some took his picture. Some clapped. Some laughed. Morillo had made history, but at what price? He will be fined up to $25,000 for swimming in a shipping channel. That’s one expensive swim.
Morillo’s ridiculous choices help our minds travel back to the righteous reminder of Jesus. Even if our “stunts” produce high fives and camera flashes, when we seek the praise of men over the praise of the Father, we have received our reward in full. (Matthew 6:5) In other words, it’s really not worth it.
Live for Jesus, and Jesus alone. I double-dog dare you.