A group of researchers recently studied “Risk Compensation” differences between men and women. Some researchers looked at the habits of helmeted and unhelmeted adult bicyclers. Interestingly, they found that men who wore helmets rode significantly faster than men who did not wear helmets.
However, helmets had no effect on the biking speed of women. Thus, the conclusion of the study was that “Risk Compensation” was a distinctively male behavior. In other words, put a helmet on a man’s head and he speeds up, but put a helmet on a ladies head and she still drives a bike at a safe speed.
Just like biking, life can be risky. That is why Paul told us to put on the “Helmet of Salvation” (Ephesians 6). Then he reminded us that “God has not given us the spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). So as you make your journey today, make sure you are wearing your “Helmet of Salvation” and then ask God for courage to face your fears.
And have a blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.d