It’s being called the best “Final Jeopardy” answer of all time and it was given by a teenager, Leonard Cooper during the Jeopardy Teen Tournament a few weeks ago. When given the answer, “On June 6, 1944 he said, ‘The eyes of the world are upon you,’” Leonard Cooper risked $0 and responded, “Who is some guy in Normandy, but I just won $75,000!” What may very well go down as the greatest “Final Jeopardy” answer in history, will certainly overshadow the events that unfolded moments before.
Trailing in overall money total, Leonard hit a daily double. Much to the shock of Alex Trebek, when asked how much he was willing to risk, Leonard responded, “$18,000.” If Leonard missed this question, he would have lost all his earnings and not been eligible for the $75,000 grand prize. Fortunately, for Leonard, he answered the question correctly and put himself in a position to take home the grand prize.
As I watched Leonard risk everything, I sat in shock. “How could he risk all his money? What if he misses the question? This kid is not smart.” However, the more I thought about his bold move, the more I began to realize how much we can learn from young Leonard. You see, this teenager was willing to risk everything because he knew the reward outweighed the risk. If he missed the question, big deal, he’s at no personal loss. If he answered correctly, he put himself in a position to reap a large reward.
As Christians, we should be a lot like Leonard in that we are willing to take risks. After all, aren’t the rewards worth the risk? This week, why not be bold and take a risk you wouldn’t normally take for Jesus. It just might prove to be well worth the risk when it comes to eternity.
Jesus said, “If anyone wished to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt. 16:24-25).
QUESTION:What risks can you take this week for Jesus that might prove worth it in eternity?