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We continue in the THursdayTHought Re-Run Summer. From October 4, 2018.
I have never been much of a risk-taker. Skateboards were too dangerous. Skiing made me nervous. Heights make me positively quiver.
So, anytime there is a risk that I have to take, I turn from it. Sometimes I think this is because I am “failure” averse — or, perhaps more to the point — I have to “win” or “succeed.” I want to look good at the things that I undertake.
Recently God has been probing me to try something new, something risky from a personal standpoint. Risky not in the sense of skateboard or downhill skiing, but risky in the sense of “you may not feel all too comfortable or successful when you are doing this.”
Monday is a good case in point: I had a whole plan to begin my new “risk-taking adventure” when I realized, “oops! I don’t have everything that I need!” So I had to go to the office, where I then found enough to occupy myself that I unfortunately ran out of time for my adventure. Imagine my surprise when that night one of my favorite TV characters* said this, “You have to take risks in order to be the best version of yourself.” Wait! What? Since I believe more in God moments than coincidence, I choose to see that Holy Spirit was continuing to nudge me.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11
Because, it isn’t all about me. God really doesn’t care if I think I have all it takes to succeed. Because God has it all. If I have correctly discerned a path as a call from God, then there is no way that it will fail. Not because I am prepared or successful, but because God is God and God is in it.
Maybe you tend to forget that part as well. That God is the one who has the ideas and dreams and hopes for your life and mine. That when God is involved, nothing is impossible. That when something comes from God, it is as good as done.
I don’t think that this means it is any easier. After all, it is pretty difficult to get past your own thoughts and feelings, to get out of your own way. I can’t help but think, though, that ultimately it is a much better thing to trust in God than to trust in what I can do.
*Sherlock Holmes in the CBS series Elementary.