Courage & Risk Taking


“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Andre Gide

Everything in life involves risk!  Although, some courses of action are riskier than others, it doesn’t nullify this fact – There’s absolutely nothing we can do that doesn’t have some element of risk involved. Ecclesiastes 10:8 says, “When you work in a quarry, stones might fall and crush you! When you chop wood, there is danger with each stroke of your ax! Such are the risks of life” (NLT).

What “risks” might you face today? No one can say for certain. We’re not sure where things are headed. Maybe it is a decision to start a new relationship, befriend someone, or maybe encountering a business decision.  There are risk and courage in stepping out in faith. Who will you trust? Will you trust in the Lord with all your heart? What if you’re wrong? Is this thing really coming from God?  Well, the answers to these questions can be wrapped up in this simple principle: GO AHEAD AND TAKE THE RISKS! Either one of two things is gonna’ happen:

1. If you “win”, and all the stars are aligned in your favor then you will be happy [or]

2. If you “lose”, you will gain valuable experience of what not to do, and will become wise!

Yes, it takes a great deal of courage in stepping out and doing what is asked and often required of you, especially when you can’t see what will happen in the end. The truth is neither of us knows exactly what the Universe is comprising on our behalf. But, do know this: The end justifies the means…so go for it! If you would only take a step, on what’s unclear,  God will show you the rest. {Psalm 37:23}

So, my advice is to take the risk. Trust God with everything you have. Do what God has told you to do in His Word. Then, when God challenges you with a risk of faith, you’ll be more confident to do what God tells you to do!


Scripture References for Today:

  • Psalm 37:23 
  • Hebrews 11:8-10 

Written & Submitted by:

Dwayne B. Neal  Team N.A.M.E.S.
“Knowledge is power, but ACTION is King!”


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