STOP AND THINK – It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. (Vincent van Gogh, 19th century Post-Impressionist painter)

Sometimes we have a good idea but we hesitate to move forward, wanting to think through the project to avoid possible mistakes. Van Gogh advises, however, “Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.” We should plan carefully, of course, and not let fear of failure block an otherwise worthy venture.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).