….who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong.   Hebrews 11:33,34

Is faith a risk?  Of course.  But failing to step out in faith is to risk missing real life.  I have been challenged by the following thought from an unknown author.

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 place our ideas, our dreams, before a 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.

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 certitudes, he is a slave; he has forfeited freedom.

What a privilege for us to be able to walk by faith in God Himself, armed with all the promises of His Word.  I suppose we all desire the security of the solid tree trunk, but the fruit is out on the limb.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  The timid soul asks, “What do I stand to lose if I do it?”  The fruit-bearing Christian asks, “What do I stand to lose if I don’t do it?”  Real life is lived on the cutting edge.

Neil Anderson
Freedom in Christ Ministries

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