April 14, 2019

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Risk

Artistic risks can be uncomfortable. We fear making the wrong choices. We fear failing. We fear making fools of ourselves. We fear change.  However, without risks.. art becomes stagnant.  When we only do what we know or are comfortable with there is little opportunity for growth.  We become "stuck".  Maybe we are afraid to deviate from what has been deemed "good" or "successful"?  Maybe we are afraid to change what we do because we've become comfortable with our media, subject matter, or process. Risk does involve failure at times.  However, failure often yields lessons that lead to great success.  Risk needs to be rebranded as steps toward our future self.  We cannot always see the outcome, but we can move forward unknowing our steps will be guided by those of the past and informed by the passion of our hearts. 

"Come," he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"  Matthew 14:29-31

There are times in our journey of faith that we feel we are taking risks that make us uncomfortable. We might feel a desire to get out of the pew at church and lead in some way. We may feel a need to give more than what we are use to doing. Maybe we have a desire to start a bible study group in our community.  There could be a mission trip opportunity that for some reason we can't shake from our heart or mind.  Maybe we have a deep desire to serve, but struggle to give up our "free" time. Growth usually requires us to risk something we hold tightly to that brings some sort of control and/or comfort.  We find ourselves struggling to let go and allow God to be God in our lives. We may worry that we might have "misheard" God. We may be concerned that there are more qualified people out there to serve in a given area.  We may fear that if we give of our time and money....that we might not have enough.  

Then we must RISK....

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