I have never thought of myself as much of a risk taker. I like good odds and playing it safe.
My dad taught me to plan and to think. If you ask my children, my brother, or any other family member what quote we could attribute to my dad, it would be, “pay attention.”
This phrase has stuck with me everyday whether I am driving, deciding what’s for lunch, planning a trip to Disney, or something far more serious. I am always paying attention to all the details. I am keenly aware of all the variables.
Part of my safety first mindset is due to losing at the risk-taking game. I took the risk and lost. I gave my heart to the wrong person. I chose the wrong job. So, now I play it safe.
So as I sit here today debating between the safe and the risky, I wonder what if God intended me to be risky. I am not suggesting to be irresponsible, but risky in the sense that only God can accomplish this thing deep inside you. What if that thing deep inside you was not only put there by God, but will only come to fruition if we give it to him and step away from the safe?
Ephesians 3:14-21 is one of my favorite passages. I feel like it is the best pep talk ever. It is a charge to be filled with his Spirit, know the love of Christ, be filled with love and the fullness of God. Then there is a shift from the author’s wish for the believer to a praise for God that makes me want to cheer like Alabama just won the National Championship game! It gets me fired up!
Ephesians 3:20-21(ESV) “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”
Are you standing up? Are you cheering like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman at the horse show? You should be! That’s good stuff right there!
That thing that God has spoken into your heart that you are afraid to even speak, give it to him. When you are afraid, read 20-21 again. When you are unsure that you can accomplish this thing, give it to him. He is able to accomplish more that you can ask or imagine!