Freedom to Fail

November 18th, 2010

Hello everyone and welcome to another amazing episode of The Thursday Blog.

Let;’s talk business.

Now a lot of people really enjoy this blog and I have a wide variety of readers. This shouldn’t surprise you. How else did this blog become World Famous. Now I have always said this blog is about the topic of ‘Life’ and that is what I write my episodes towards. The reason being I didn’t want to limit myself to giving this a category like a gardening blog, a comedy blog or a blog that mainly focuses on cats but on an occasion dabbles with marine life.

There is a big part of my life that is getting bigger and bigger as the years go on. This is my involvement in Children’s Ministry right around the world as Funny Man Dan or FMD for the older kids. I have been a part of my children’s ministry for nearly 8 years now and it is such an important part of my life. More importantly I have been a Christian for nearly 14 years and my relationship with God is the most important thing in my life.

So what does that mean for this blog? There will be no major changes but I am now giving myself permission to share from what I have learnt in Children’s Ministry and in my Walk with God. This changes the genre a bit but I think we are ready for the next step. We have been friends for nearly 2 years now, so I feel comfortable to open up a bit more and tell you about how I had a crush on your sister in high school.

Enough business. Time for the episode which is called:

“Freedom to Fail”

Hey well done on the find of this message. U didn’t fail at all.

So I have been kicking it on a website called for about a year, created by now good friend of mine Michael Chanley. I say good friend now because we finally got to meet this year and he looks so much younger than that photo of him leaning on his hand looking down the lens. I decided to do something I wanted to do for a while, I started my own group boldly named ‘I Make Kids Laugh’.

I will pause to give you time to click on the hyperlink and join my group.


Welcome back.

I really wanted to connect a group of people from the old and the new who present to children (or anyone) and get them to share experiences to inspire and encourage. I started a discussion called ‘The Ultimate Backfire’ to give people a chance to read about times when a presentation didn’t go well at all.

Why is this important. Too often in life we don’t give ourselves freedom to fail so we tread very carefully. I am the first to admit that sometimes I choose challenges that I know I will win. But what is the point? It is like a weightlifter choosing to lift 5 pound weights instead of going for a run (something he is not good at).

Here is my story of such a monumental stuff up. I hope you enjoy it.

The year was 2000 and something; and I was performing at our kids conference ‘Kidsong World’ – a part of Hillsong Conference. I was performing a show with a yoho diabolo which is like two small plastic bowls that are connected facing out and spin on a string. Check out how the pros do it:

Now I went to perform my final show to the 5-10 year olds but someone had stolen my diabolo. Yeah some person thought it would be fun to take it for a few hours to play with. I got it back but after the show. I was forced to use my spare one which I never use as it is small and unpredictable.

To my surprise I was going ok with it until I got to a trick called the jump rope (similar to the one on the video). I jump over the string, fling the diabolo from behind my back and it flies in the air and I catch it in front of me, and the crowd screams!!!

Well, I got the scream part right. As I fling the diabolo from behind me, because I am used to a much heavier one, the force flings it over my head and towards the head of an innocent 5 year old in the crowd. I thought “I must stop the hitting of the head of this child and making him cry and making him call his parents and making him hate FMD”. So I ran to the edge of the stage and jumped.

It all happened in slow motion… I flew through the air, put my sticks up towards the diabolo and made the most incredible catch the world has ever seen. I was a hero … . . . .. . . . .. . .. . .. . until I proceeded to land on the heads of 6 children which made them all cry, call their parents and hate FMD.

All I did was trade in the one injury and upgrade it to six.

So if your presentation is not a success, at least it didn’t involve a hit….. or six.

Have Fun.


P.S. If you have a great backfire story, join the group and let me know.

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One Response to “Freedom to Fail”

  1. ..... Says:

    tell us more about your ‘most important relationship – with God’

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