Risk, it’s more than just a board game.
As a kid I hated the game of Risk. I’ve never liked board games and I am not a strategic thinker, so this game was always a bit intimidating to me.
Maybe I didn’t like it because it required a lot of thought and little conversation.
Perhaps it is because the game involved minimizing risk in order to dominate and I lack a competitive spirit or maybe it’s because I thought it was a boy’s game.
What I realize now is that this game is a metaphor for life.
Call me a control freak, but generally speaking I do not like Risks…I like guarantees and assurances.
If you do _______then ________ will happen.
Unfortunately life, love and relationships do not come with guarantees.
Life requires taking risks, being willing to step out trusting and believing that God has our best interests at heart.
My friend Tracee shared her thoughts and experiences about what happens when fear and faith collide on her blog this week. In her blog she makes this statement, “Our lives are meant to look and sound different after God has entered in.”
I so want that to be true of me. I want for others to see there is something uniquely different about me and that it is the reflection of Jesus living, ruling and reigning in me.
So, I ask the question…does your life (and my life) look any different since God has entered in?
I believe that in order to fully experience the fullness of life in Christ we must be willing to risk.
Typically when I think about risks I conjure up images of base jumpers, extreme athletes and the crew from Whale Wars.
What does it mean to risk in our faith?
When I first began my journey with Christ, I was terrified that God was going to ask me to be a missionary in Africa. I know it is funny now, but back then in 1984 I was seriously afraid.
I don’t know where the idea came from. I was a junior in high school and I didn’t even know any missionaries, but I did know that in order to follow God I was going to have to relinquish control and trust Him with my future.
Fast forward 25 years, I still have not been called to serve in Africa… but I was called to love and serve Junior high and high school students through Young Life, and for many this would be way scarier than Africa!
What does risk look like?
Risk might mean a career change, beginning a new ministry or a new relationship.
It might mean committing to tithe a specific dollar amount every month or risking to tell the truth in a situation where you have been withholding your thoughts, opinions or feelings.
Risk looks different for everyone, but one thing is universal…risking is scary.
Our God knows something about risk. He created us and gave us free will. This means that God assumed the risk for us, so that we could reap the reward.
What are you willing to risk to demonstrate your love to God?
Grace & Peace ~ Karen