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October 7, 1999

Get in the Game

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Whoever digs a pit may fall into it . . . whoever splits logs may be endangered by them. ECCLESIASTES 10:8, 9
Everything we do in life has some element of risk. Every day we face risks—in relationships, in the stock market, in our next big decisions. Sometimes we face these risks with fierce tenacity; other times we cower in fear.
What causes some of us to be more adept at taking risks than others? Is it our confidence in our decision-making prowess? Is it that we don’t care about the results? Not usually. Some people see risks as opportunities. They ask themselves, What’s the worst thing that can happen? and then they proceed to take the chance. Other people agonize day and night over risk-taking decisions until they either give themselves ulcers or the opportunity passes them by.
No matter how large or small your risk-taking muscles might be, God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to exercise faith that overcomes fear daily. Don’t stay on the sidelines. Engage. Struggle. Fail. Trust. Be courageous. Don’t become like the sluggard in Proverbs 22:13 who never takes a chance because he says, “There is a lion outside!” or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”
When’s the last time you took a risk so big that if God didn’t come through, you’d look like an absolute fool? Take a risk on God; He’s already taken a risk on you. He demonstrated His own love for you before you even knew Him (Romans 5:8). You could have rejected Him, but He took the risk.
Why are you holding back? Are you afraid of losing your status or power? Of being known as a Christian? Of sharing your faith with your friend? Go ahead— take a chance. Don’t give up on God; He hasn’t given up on you.

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