From the Pastor Your Philosophy on Risk?
Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. — Mary Tyler Moore
By now you have developed a personal philosophy of RISK. You tried things you weren’t sure would work, and when they failed you either beat yourself up and vowed never to risk again, or you pushed on to try something else! Take that job… or not? Start a business… or not? Marry that person… or not? Teach that class at church… or not?
People invest their money in various ways. Some go for broke and try risky ventures which might result in big returns. Others fear loss and stick with plodding, low-return investments to hold on to what they have. – And life is loaded with such decisions.
That’s why Jesus makes us nervous. He walks up to guys running their fishing business and tells them to drop everything to follow Him. Two thousand years later, we still talk about the ones who did and have no knowledge of the ones who didn’t. He called one fisherman to step out of the boat during a storm to walk on the water… and Peter did it!
What do you need to trust God with today? Do you have all the facts? Do you have a guarantee of success? No. – But haven’t you benefited from past mistakes and missteps? Didn’t you grow from past experiences of falling short? Yes. – Sure, some situations aren’t worth the risk, but extremely valuable ones are.
As Paul reminded the Corinthians: “We live by faith and not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
God’s best to you today,