Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Master Risk-Taker

I AM NOT A RISK-TAKER! You won't catch me jumping out of any planes! Or driving around a race car track going 100 plus miles per hour. I am more than comfortable knowing that things are going to stay the same. Yet during college, my friend Kristi and I (neither of us being risk-takers) decided to hop in the car and drive from Bismarck ND to Fargo ND about a four drive. Kristi was craving Olive Garden and the closest OG was in Fargo so in the car we went. I remember looking back on that experience thinking how crazy we were especially being the hotel we stayed at was not the classiest hotel.

Yet Kristi and I learned something that day! It is more than okay to take risks. God wants us to trust fully in him and to know that even when we take risks, he is standing there right beside us. I honestly don't know if I would have gone to work at SuperAwesomeBibleCamp, or gone to seminary, or.....if I hadn't taken that risk that day during college.

But because I have learned to be a little bit of a risk-taker, I have had some amazing blessings occur in my life. I graduated seminary even after struggling immensly with systematic theology. I remember my advisor telling my candidacy committee that it took more guts for me to stick with it. I wouldn't have gone to work at a Bible camp for seven summers if I hadn't taken the chance. And I wouldn't have gotten that job if the camp director didn't take a risk with me and hire me. I remember very vividly him saying to me, "I didn't think you would make it but now I can't get rid of you." And I wouldn't have listened to all the times God told me to take a risk...like leaving my last call to come to my new call.

I may not be the risk-taker that many others are. But what I am slowly learning is that when I, when we fully trust in God, God has a way of showing us that taking risks can and will pay off. Jesus himself is the master risk-taker. Jesus lived his life in the eyes of many who believed wholeheartedly in him and in the eyes of others who ridiculed his every move. Yet Jesus turned the world upside down, by taking his own risks, washing the feet of his disciples and sitting with tax collectors and sinners. Then ultimately, Jesus stood, arms outstretched, a crown of thorns upon his head, and breathed his last "It is FINISHED!" But he said those words knowing that God (his father) wouldn't risk his life if he didn't have the power to overcome death and the tomb. That my friends is exactly what happened.

There are still days that I look at Jesus' sacrifice and wish I was more of a risk-taker. I wish that I wasn't so afraid to be vulnerable; to share my own story. My friend Dana who I met through her blog and as part of the 31 days challenge continues to teach me about what it means to be vulnerable and to take risks even though it is SCARY! I honestly cannot put into words how much I love this woman (and we haven't even met in real life yet!) because she reminds me that its about leaning in and trusting in this one who reminds us of the words we hear so many times in Scripture "Do not be afraid."


You see, there is power in those four little words. Mary came to the tomb that Easter Sunday morning to see her beloved Jesus' body. Yet when she came to the tomb, the stone was rolled away and Jesus was no longer there. Oh how risky....risky for Jesus to be raised...risky for us to believe like Mary and see that his words had come true. Jesus is no longer dead...he is alive! And because Jesus is risen...and because he is here, I find myself clinging to the promise that he will never leave me or forsake me. He will never leave YOU or forsake YOU either.....especially when we lean in and trust in him.

So my friends, as I come to the tomb and still see the tomb rolled away, I am going to try and be more of a risk-taker...a risk-taker who uses her gifts; the gifts God has given her to share his own messages of grace, love and being the master risk-taker; the one who sent his son knowing that death would not have the last word but that he would.

I am linking up with these lovely ladies today Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory, Meredith Bernard for #Woman2WomanWednesday, Kelly Balarie for the #RaRa LinkUp; and Holley Gerth for #CoffeeForYourHeart. 

 





14 comments:

  1. Hi, Tara! Visiting from #raralinkup today. Glad to read your story of stepping out in faith. (Risk=trust and trust=faith, right?) So much of Christian faith depends on our taking risks, as Mary and others did. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Risk=trust and trust=faith EXACTLY! Glad to have you visiting from the #raralinkup.

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  2. I'm not a risk-taker either, Tara. But God has (slowly) been showing me that He is the safest bet of all and that if I'm willing to jump for Him and with Him, even if I fall, it will not be in vain. It's certainly not easy, but he's proving the worth in the risks. Blessed to be your neighbor at #w2w today.

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    1. Glad to know I am not alone in taking risks. God truly is the safest bet of all. Thanks for visiting from #w2w.

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  3. I'm not a big risk taker either, but I am an adventure seeker! Loved your post!

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    1. You know, I like adventure too but not risk taking. Glad you loved my post!

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  4. Thank you, friend. Blessings and love to you.

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    1. You're welcome! I mean every word I wrote! :) Blessings and love back to you friend!

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  5. Guess I shouldnt be the one to admit that I'm the weirdo that LOVED jumping out of a plane! :) Really enjoyed this!

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    1. Bethany, totally ok that you LOVED jumping out of a plane. Glad you enjoyed this post!

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  6. Hi Tara! Praise God that His perfect love casts out fear. May we be bold to take "risks" to spread His Word and to fulfill His perfect plan for our life, knowing that being in the center of His will is the safest and best place we could be.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comment on Saved by Grace! Your blog is a blessing and I'm now following it by GFC, and I hope you'll consider following Saved by Grace also!
    God bless,
    Laurie
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Laurie! Yes indeed God's perfect love casts out fear. You are so welcome for the comment on Saved by Grace. Thanks for following my blog. I will be glad to follow yours in return.

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