Alphabet for the Soul--R is for Risk


Happy Monday, friends! This week I chose the word risk for our letter r. And, I truly believe the quote I shared above (partly because I wrote it, but partly because I sincerely believe it to be true. We all have a choice--view life as an adventurous or as commonplace. And, I don't know about you, but life is far from commonplace. Life is filled with moments--good moments, sad moments, happy ones, heart-crushing ones. Life is a collection of moments, but it's how we view and react to these moments which make up our life story. We can either fear the future and the unknown, or look forward to what God has in store for us.

God not only knows the plans He has for us...

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~Joshua 29:11

But He instructs us to boldly seek the adventure He has in store for us...

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." ~Joshua 1:9

The God of creation, the God Who knit us together in our mother's wombs, the One who knows the plans He has for us, tells us to be courageous. And, it's impossible to be courageous without taking risks.

Risks push us beyond our comfort zone. They make us take a leap of faith, to walk on water, to face giants. They require us to be dependent on God for our future and for His sustaining ability in the here and now. So, let's follow our Maker's instruction and follow our Lord's common to take risks, to be courageous, and to step out of our comfort zones.

Over the past two years, I've been accepting a number of speaking invitations, which really pulls me out of my comfort zone, but when I'm up there and sharing, I feel God with me in a special way. He meets me in that risk-filled moment when I fear I might forget what to say.

Where have you stepped out of your comfort zone in the last year? Is there something you've been wanting to try, but haven't found the courage yet? If so, what. And, if so, there's no better time than the present.

May your week and life be a full and rich adventure.

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“R” for Risk

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