A life without risk

When I look back on my 40 years of life, I notice something. It’s that risk can make you stretch and grow as a person. When we take a leap of faith or try something new, good things often happen.

Granted, sometimes making the safe choice makes sense—like saving up money for retirement or schooling, or getting the expensive bike helmets for the kids. But that’s not really what I’m talking about here.

And I’m not talking about being foolish.

What I am talking about is being faithful. REALLY faithful. About putting big trust in God, living the abundant life Jesus offers you, and not always making the safe choice because it just makes you feel warm and cozy inside.

Recently I came across Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NIV) which says: “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.”

In other words, if you’re always waiting for the perfect conditions, or if you’re overly cautious, you’ll miss out on the fullness of life.

Here’s an anonymous poem that says it well:

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing our true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try at all is to risk failure.
But risk we must, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The man, the woman, who risk nothing does nothing, has nothing…

Today is the first page in the next chapter of your life. Put big trust in God and live the abundant life Jesus offers you.

A life without risk is a live unlived.

By Matthew Ruttan


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