Take a Fresh ‘Risk’

4 Nov

“I’m not a thrill seeker by any means. My idea of taking risks includes driving through town with my doors unlocked or (and this is a biggie) putting eleven items on the 10 Items or Less express lane at Wal-Mart.” ~ Dena Dyer

You Can Do It signNot a risk-taker by nature, I (Dawn) have learned a lot about risk-taking from my friend, Pam Farrel. It’s not that she takes illogical risks or even wild risks, but she definitely takes positive risks to build her life, ministry, and relationships. Perhaps I shouldn’t call them risks, though. They’re more like fresh approaches to her dreams.

Now taking fresh approaches to dreams would still seem risky to some who, like me, keep the boundaries of our comfort zones intact; but Pam keeps nudging me outside the rim. “You can do it; you’ll see!” she says. Or, “You could really make a difference!” Or, “Think and pray about it; this could be a good opportunity!”

The Roman poet Virgil wrote, “Fortune sides with him who dares.” Earlier this year, I said that I wanted to dare to pray bolder prayers. Now I want to dare to make bolder choices. (Anyone with me?)

Paul was something of a risk-taker, don’t you think? He heard the voice of God and obeyed with power-packed zeal. I can hear him now: “I can do all things through Christ,” he said. I love Philippians 4:13 in the Amplified version: “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency.” Wow! Paul knew the source of his power!

So, what are some things you can do ~ some ways you can stretch your life, perhaps ~ to bring greater opportunities into your life for ministry and growth?

  • Pray for an adventurous spirit. Dare to dream!
  • Figure out what you want to do, and then imagine the biggest risk you might take that will bring you closer to that goal.
  • Make sure that you live in integrity ~ moving forward toward new opportunities must never involve compromise or unbiblical means.
  • Give yourself permission to try new things.
  • Focus on creativity rather than your position in life. No matter who you are, you can always do something better or in a new way.
  • Develop stronger relationships with family, friends, and co-workers. Not only will you be happier with those relationships, support from people will encourage you as you launch out into new directions.  And networking helps, too!
  • Rather than focus only on what’s in the way (obstacles), think about what is possible!
  • Don’t get stuck. If you move forward in a goal and hit a block, try another direction (unless God makes it clear that He is blocking your progress for His own purposes).
  • Give yourself some space. Those who cram every minute full have no room to embrace opportunities.
  • Cheer others on as they step forward to try new things or walk through open doors. The joy is contagious, and it will feed your own energy as a by-product.

What will you do in the days ahead to reach out … stretch yourself … step outside your comfort zone … and accomplish more for God? “You can do it,” Sister-Girlfriend. “You’ll see!”

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