I recently heard this quote by Grace Murray Hopper, “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.”
If you know me at all, you know that I am not a risk taker. Our children used to tease me about the commercial where the little boy was wrapped in bubble wrap — “That’s Mom!” they would say in unison.
Well I don’t think I’m quite that bad, but I do like to take precautions — a lot of them.
A couple of weeks ago we had a sermon on risk by Mark Huffman. Clicking on his name will take you to the link.
In it he taught on Hebrews 11: 1—31
He talked about the “let us” (lettuce) in verses 22—25.
V 22 Let us—draw near
V23 Let us—hold unswervingly to the hope that we profess
V 24 Let us—spur one another onward to love and good deeds
V 25 Let us — meet together
V 25 Let us—encourage one another as the day is approaching
Next he shared the “By faith” verses in verses 31—18 — examples of those who have gone before us and risked everything for their faith.
Then he asked us what risks we were willing to take in several areas of our life…
such as time, money, health, or reputation. He promised us it would be difficult.
He and his family are a good example of this. Years ago they left our comfortable little church home to move to a small town and plant a new church — hard work for a growing family but they did it. Then they felt called to the mission field so again they packed up their family and moved to Ukraine, where they still live and bring the Gospel to those who lived without it under Communism for so long.
Partially because his life validates his teaching, I’ve felt the need to lay down bigger portions of my life and allow the Lord to open new opportunities for me to risk some of the things I hold so dear.
And now I want to ask you too — what are you willing to risk for the Lord in 2010?
I’ll leave you with this quote by Karl Wallenda, “Life is being on the wire, everything else is just waiting.”
Let’s encourage each other to live our life on the wire the Lord chooses for us.
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