Observe: (1) Change means accepting risk. Your anxiety will kick in and say, “What if I don’t get the job? What if the economy fails? What if I make the effort to change but they don’t?” We like ironclad guarantees. The predictable feels less threatening than sticking our necks out. But the price of our security often means remaining stuck with the status quo. Sometimes your greatest risk is taking no risk at all! God often requires you to leave the path that feels and looks safe, for the one that feels and looks risky. “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for…the proof of things [we] do not see” (Heb 11:1 AMP). Your faith is foolproof assurance, God’s confirmation, the title deed guaranteeing that the change you want will take place if you act on it. (2) Change will happen if failure is not allowed to stop you. Fear of failing often stops us from trying, yet many of God’s best people experienced failure on their way to success. Consider Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, etc. All of them succeeded only after dealing with personal failure. Indeed, the richest, most profound change often happens after we’ve tasted failure. Until then we tend to be cocky and of not much use to God. Peter failed the Lord miserably, and at the most crucial moment (See Mt 26:72). But he grew, becoming Christ’s choice to lead His newly empowered church on the Day of Pentecost, winning three thousand souls (See Ac 2). Don’t let failure stop you!
Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 @ 9:11 AM CDT