May 08, 2007
The word "risk" is used three times in the NIV translation of the New Testament. Each time, it is used in a positive light and each time it was a matter of life and death. The same holds generally true for use of the word in the Old Testament. Here are the NT references :
Philippians 2:29-30 (New International Version)
29 - Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, 30 - because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.
Romans 16:3-5 (New International Version)
3 - Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus. 4 - They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. 5 - Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia.
Acts 15:25-27 (New International Version)
25 - So we all agreed to choose some men and send them to you with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul— 26 - men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 - Therefore we are sending Judas and Silas to confirm by word of mouth what we are writing.
To these scriptural references, I would reflect upon the words of Teddy Roosevelt:
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Be willing to risk failure on your road to success. Pepper your victories with minor defeats. Season your acheivements with disappointments. Salt your joys with sorrows. Dream great dreams without the assurance that you will see them all come true because if you never dream, you can be sure they will not.
Reject the inclination toward guarantees in life. Great accomplishments are never sure things. There are no warranties on success. Only risk and adventure will move you from the comfort of your safe lives to the vast realm of God's possibilities.
Move out and move on. There is an awesome future ahead for you if you are not concerned about maintaining the status quo.