If you haven’t noticed it by now, I like to define things. Maybe it’s just the way my brain works. But let me do it again with the word risk.
Noun: A situation involving exposure to danger.
Verb: Expose (someone or something valued) to danger, harm, or loss.
Now why would anyone in their right mind seek either the noun or verb? To put it bluntly, you can’t gain ground without risk being involved.
Spoiler Alert: even in places of strong community, comfort can set in. Complacency. The want of feeling safe.
We want Jesus, but only as long as He plays it safe. No all-in bets. We’d prefer to sit back and count cards. Sure, give me Jesus, but just the castrated version.
Here we are at the end of our 40 years wondering around in the wilderness and the Lord is doing a new thing. Time to come into our inheritance. The problem is, our inheritance lies in new territory. One flowing with milk and honey but overrun with giants and new challenges. This presents a new element. Fear.
What’s Holding You Back?
Here’s the thing about fear. Fear is a liar. Fear keeps you wandering in wilderness. It’s tells you what you can’t do and where you can’t go. And fear has become a safe place for many not to take risk. At least you know what to expect with your fear, so why move out of the comfortable and into the unknown? Right?
Wrong. The majority report will tell you seek safety. It’s good. It’s known. Why move? This majority also died in a nomadic desert existence, never truly understanding their identity or calling.
3 Things to Know When Taking Risk
- The Father’s Delight Over You
- Your Identity As A Son/Daughter
- You’ve Been Given Favor
Courage is Joshua and Caleb stepping out of the wilderness and into the Promisedland. Trust says the Lord has given us this territory, and it’s our dominion to rule over. Courage is understanding you’ve been given favor and promises for which every resource under heaven is at your disposal.
It was called “The Promised Land” for a reason. Problem is, you can’t get into the land unless you believe the promise of what the Lord says about you.
Friend and creative genius, Dave Hansow weighs in on the value of risk.
“We’ve seen in our culture it’s pretty rare to naturally be put in a place where it feels very risky. Risk is something you have to choose, and therefore fairly valuable in our culture. Anything fairly scarce in nature tends to hold value.”
“And so risk has become our m.o. as a family. We’ve seen great beauty in not knowing how the next week, month, or year will play out. Although nobody knows what the next year holds, it’s very rare to find people or a family that intentionally puts themselves in places where they don’t know the outcome of the things they’re putting their time and attention toward.
Some of our best and greatest successes, such as finishing our film, being on the Oprah show, starting Light Gives Heat, Chrome Buffalo, etc.… have been things in which we didn’t know what it would turn out like. And yet, those were the most beautiful experiences we’ve had as a family and the most impacting on the people around us. So yes, we have definitely seen that there is beauty and risk.”
So my friends, I extend this invitation to risk . What is the Lord calling you to risk in? In the comments section, I encourage you to join the conversation below. Would you be sold bold and vulnerable to share?