Risky Business

How are you at risk-taking?  If you ask me, I think I would say "It depends." My oldest son Andrew is big on taking physical risks: jumping over the side of a mountain on his snowboard or off a cliff into a river. I'm not real big on physical risks. But I think I'm willing to go to new places, meet new people and follow Jesus into the world.  (Of course, I could be fooling myself here.) 

Jesus talks about risks in Matthew 25:14-30. Check it out and see what your risk-meter is. 

To laugh, is to risk playing the fool.
To weep, is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another, is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings, is to risk exposing our true selves.
To put your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk loss.
To love, is to risk not being loved in return.
To live, is to risk dying.
To hope, is to risk despair.
To try at all, is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken,
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they simply cannot learn, change, feel, grow, love, live…
Chained by their attitudes they are slaves.
By Joseph P. Lawler


We'll see you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 as we encourage one to take risks with Jesus. It's the last day to sign up to donate Thanksgiving Baskets - a risk we as a congregation are taking together to see that families at Paris Elementary will not go without. 

Grace and peace,



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