Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Taking the Risk to Stretch Ourselves

Last week I recorded and post my first ever ‘Video-Log’.
It was a little more than two minutes,
and simply introduces me as the writer of this blog.
Perhaps this is not a big feat for many,
but for me it is significant.
 
My wife pointed out that I looked tired & sick,
which I was.
A sinus infection, allergies, lack of sleep,
feeling weak & ill, plus...
caring for my one-year old daughter during the day
while attempting to start my own business.
(Thank goodness she still takes naps-
Otherwise I would accomplish nothing!)
But here is the point...
 
How often do we expose ourselves to risk?
Especially in order for to see ourselves grow?
 
Most of us try to insulate our lives from outside criticism.
We feel bad enough
about our own meager efforts and short-comings.
So why make something public
that could potentially reduce or minimize
our own self-worth?
The short answer - Growth.
 
I wont see any additional income,
nor will I be any better looking!
My humor, energy, and compassion
didn’t come through in the video.
So why do it?
 Because I feel God asked me to take a step in faith.
Did God tell me to make a video??
No.
But perhaps it is the start of something more.
I cannott say right now. But...
 
When we don’t hear God’s voice
clearly directing the steps in our lives
what do we do?
Anything??
Where do we intentionally risk ourselves?
The excitement of extreme sports?
What about for a business venture?
A romance?
How about to save a friend?
Or risking yourself to make a friend?
 
The men & women in America’s prisons
or the children they left behind
could be better off
if you would take the risk.
Think you have nothing to offer?
You could simply learn to play cards.
 
For in the darkest of our days
things could be different,
better,
if only we knew someone would be there
in spite of all our mistakes
to sit beside us, and care.
 
Luke 6:32-37
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?  Even "sinners"' love those who love them.  And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you?  Even "sinners" do that.  And if you lend to those from who you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?  Even "sinners" lend to "sinners," expecting to be repaid in full.  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back.  Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
 
Romans 12:13
Share with Gods' people who are in need.  Practice hospitality.
 
The video isn’t great.
However it has nowhere to go but up!
Yet if I risk nothing...
it is more than just me that loses.

Take the risk,
 stretch yourself!
And see what God opens up to you!

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