Playing It Safe is Risky

22 May

The only regrets we’ll have at the end of our lives will be that we didn’t seek God more or seek God sooner.

But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (Luke 8:25)

What are you going to do when you cross paths with a lion?
Are you going to run away from risk or are you going to run after it like a lion chaser?

Today is Day #6 (“Empowering THE COMING GENERATION”) of the 10 days of prayer leading up to the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday. If you live near Culpeper and are available, don’t miss this opportunity to join with the world in prayer and praise at 3 PM on May 27. Read more … [www.prayculpeper.org/content.cfm?id=2066]

God uses risk takers. The more you’re willing to risk, the more God can use you. And if you’re willing to risk everything, then there is nothing God can’t do in you and through you.

Mark Twain was quoted as saying “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

In his book Chaos, James Gleick defines the butterfly effect this way: “Tiny differences in input [can] quickly become overwhelming differences in output.” Small changes and choices we make become magnified over time and have major consequences. Everything we change changes everything. Too often we fail to connect the dots between choices and consequences. Every choice has a domino effect that can alter our destiny.

Lion chasers are risk takers. They have learned that playing it safe is risky. Good is often the enemy of great. No risk equals no reward. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. Life is full of “one small step, one giant leap” moments. These are the experiences that forever change the trajectory of our lives. These are the moments that couldn’t be planned or predicted. These are the decisions that divide are lives into chapters. It’s small acts of courage that change the course of history!

Obedience is a willingness to do whatever, whenever, whenever God calls us. And that looks very different for each of us. Faith is risky business. Maybe risk taking is at the heart of righteousness. Maybe righteousness has less to do with not doing anything wrong and more to do with doing things right. Righteousness is using our God-given gifts to their God-given potential.

When you step out in faith, you almost always second guess yourself. You wonder if you made a mistake. Did God really tell you to get out of the boat? And you start sinking spiritually because you stop focusing on Jesus and start focusing on the wind and the waves. The solution? Seek God more!

Prayer Power
Heavenly Father, some of the people reading this message are at turning points in their lives. They know they’re not satisfied with the status quo and they want to make a big difference in this world for You. Bless them with the courage to take small steps in the right direction to fulfill their God-given destinies. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

Link of the Day
“If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat” by John Ortberg
http://www.amazon.com/Water-Inspirio-Zondervan-Miniature-Editions/dp/0762418745/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3/103-6539333-9947023?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179834161&sr=1-3
Blessings to seek God more!

Your Daily Blessing News
Most of the excerpts above come directly from Chapter 6 of “In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day.”

Joseph PeckJoseph

Joseph Peck, M.D.
The Time Doctor
Empowering Dreams
Author, I Was Busy, Now I’m Not
www.empower2000.com

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