"To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk rejection.
To place your dreams before the crowd is to risk ridicule.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To go forward in the face of overwhelming odds is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering, but cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or love.
Chained by insecurities and fear, he is a slave.
He has forfeited his freedom.
Only a person who takes risks is free."
This reminds us of the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30:
In this parable, a Master entrusted talents (which is a form of money) to three different servants. The first two servants advanced and increased what the Master entrusted to them. They took risks. The Master commended them for their faithfulness and the action they took to expand what was given to them.
But then there was the servant, whom out of fear, hid the talents that was given to him. Let's read that part of the scripture;
The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’
“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
“‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’
(Matthew 25:24-30 The Message)
The servant who didn’t take any risks and hid the talents was greatly rebuked. The one’s who took risks heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Following God will take steps of faith out into the realms of the unknown. It will take going past your comforts, taking risks, and following God’s plan. God’s plans don’t often look like our plans. It will grow and stretch us, and we must be willing to follow the Lord’s leading if we are to fulfill the destiny he has for us.
The risk you may need to take is to love, to serve, to start a business, to make that phone call, to forgive, to speak up, to confront, to write a book- the list is endless! God knows what you need to do or overcome, and He will show you if you are willing to follow Him.
Take risks, but don’t be stupid. Use wisdom and common sense in all things. If you don’t know what Gods is asking of you, seek Him diligently and He WILL show you. He wants you to fulfill His plans more than you want to- never forget that!
Join God is His journey. No matter what He asks you to do, He will NEVER leave you nor forsake you. He is with you through all the steps and risks you take. Live fully for God no matter what the risk- in the end it will be worth it!