The story is about being courageous and getting outside of your comfort zone. What Do You Do with Chance teaches that chances are opportunities that we can pass by, but to our own peril. The boy in this book wondered why chance wanted him, so he ignored the chances when they came his way. Fortunately, he knew something was missing. One time he decided to finally take a chance, and it seemed like everyone was laughing at him. He describes reaching for a chance and then falling. Then one day, he realized, he had to joyfully embrace chance when it came around, and this time he did not fall. Instead, he held on with all his might. He was using his courageous heart to embrace the opportunity before him.
Isn’t this a perfect message for our church as we embark on our next chapter? What I love about this book’s positive message is that it so universal. Chances can be anything as small as sharing a cookie with a new friend to bigger things like the chance to serve each other, to forgive each other, and to love each other. The book beautifully illustrates that change comes with a price. One must first embrace the opportunities that are put before us-with courage, heart, and commitment.
Book review by Margaret K.
The 21 Day Racial Justice Challenge group at Edmonds Presbyterian Church wants to thank and congratulate all of you, in and out of our congregation, that have supported the purchase of books for Westgate Elementary to expand Black, Indigenous, and People of Color representation in their library. We have reached our goal! We are so very thankful for your help, and hope that the books will show the students of Westgate that they are valued in our community not matter what they look like or where they may be from.