April 25, 2021

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: Worth The Risk

Do you take risks in your art?  Do you ever think, "That might work?!", and then go for it?   I tend to be a bit more conservative when I'm creating.  I struggle with the idea of doing something that could completely undo the hours I've already invested into something.  The problem with "playing it safe" is that you continue to do the things you've always done.  There is no "new".  There is no breakthrough. Honestly, what is there to be afraid of in taking risks?  What is the worst that can happen?  You might have to fix your mistake or possibly start over.  I think we focus too often on the possibility of failure instead of embracing the opportunity for progress & success.  Don't you think it is worth the risk?  

 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water. ”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: 28-31

The story of Peter walking on water often seems to focus on the fact that he sank. We talk about his doubt or how he took his eyes off the Lord.  All true.  However, how many of us would have even tried to step foot on the water in the first place?  We quickly point out Peter's lack of faith, but struggle to see our own.  God prompts us to talk to someone, give financially, use our time for act of service or ministry, and the first thing we do is take a risk assessment of the situation we are presented with us. 

"They might not want to hear what I have to say or I might say the wrong thing. I don't have the money to give right now or it will put a strain on the plans I have for the money.  Someone else would do a better job serving in that roll, and I just don't have the time."

We can make excuses much better than we can quote scripture...and that's a problem! 

(I'm speaking to myself here!)

When God calls us to do something...it is always worth the risk. What good is it to claim we have faith if we never put it into action?  It is kind of like the china in the cabinet that never gets used.  Sure, it is pretty, but it never serve the purpose for which it was designed. That is kind of sad, don't you think?  

Where can you put your faith in action, and trust God to be God?  Is there something that has been on your heart?  What is holding you back? It is worth the risk to trust the Lord with it....with everything! 

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