Our lives are filled with risks. Some of us relish in them, even seek them out. Others of us are what you might call ourselves averse to risk in any of its forms. But the truth is we all face risks every single day. But even if we seek out risk we all have our limits. We all have a point where we say "No way, I'm not going to go there. That is just too risky."
But what if we were called to be the biggest risk takers in the world? What would a life lived like this look like? What would the Bible have to say about it?
I started with a poem this week that I want to share with you. It illustrates that in everything we do there is an element of risk involved. It shows how, if we are breathing, we are risking. I hope that you will be encouraged by God's word this morning and find that there is courage rising inside you to risk more. To do more. To live more. To see God begin to do the most amazing and miraculous things in and through your life.
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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 your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their 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 is to risk failure
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love…..live.
Chained by his certitude’s, he is a slave; He has forfeited freedom, Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind; The optimist expects it to change; The realist adjusts the sails.