Faith Is to Take Risk and Be Discernment
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap -Ecclesiastes 11:4
On the way to our big vision, it definitely needs to take adventures. Because the nature of your unique vision, your unique talents requires a unique path that no one else has ever traveled or rarely traveled. On the path, there is uncertainty; there are unpredictable and dire barriers. Not only does it take heroic actions but also it needs to invent a unique problem-killing solution; you have to be creative to break barriers. You are the pioneer to your dreamed land and you have to understand that pioneers are risk takers. You are making a difference to the people around the world, you are building a new road that lead followers to a new place they never dreamed but only you. You are opening new opportunities for others to take and new windows to see the richness of life. The risk you take today is worthy and that’s the price you have to pay for a crowned reward and a hilarious applaud, that’s the price you have to pay to gain a legacy for the people behind.
You get the vision and you are excited about it and passionate to make it come true, that give you tremendous boost for a stern faith to your vision. Now it’s the time to embark on the way and jump off in the cliff to start your walk of faith, take actions and take the risk. It’s well said, faith without works is dead (James 2:20).
The size of your vision measures the size of your faith, determines the degree of your risks to take. Usually the bigger the vision, the stronger the faith, the higher the risk to take and the higher the reward you will gain. No one has ever taken the risk that Jesus has taken, to take the cross and died on the cross for saving each of us; no one has the faith He had that believed in the Father to raise him from dead after three days, no one has the biggest vision He has, I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10). HE came so that we have the eternal life in believing in Him because He is the only way to the eternal life.
Reference Faith is to Hold on the Vision
When Haman plotted to kill all the Jews in revenging against Mordecai because he did not show respect to him, Esther was requested to save the Jews by her uncle Mordecai in persuading the king to save his people. Esther understood well it’s a life-taking risk for her. Though she was the queen, it’s well known that any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned, the king will put the person to death unless the king extends his gold scepter to them and spares their lives. However when Mordecai brought words to Esther, “who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this”, she realized her big mission in the position is to save the Jews and she responded, Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. (Esther 4:16)
Esther took the risk and put her life on the front line, if I perish, I perish. However for saving her people, her brothers and sisters, she would like to do that anyway.
On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance. When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. (Esther 5:1-2)
Because of the risk Esther took, the history had been rewritten, instead Haman annihilated all Jews, his whole family was put to death. And Jews had been survived.
Faith is about taking risk. Do not surrender your tomorrow to fate and forces but surrender it to God as He said He would work out wonders for your life just as He did for the Jews.
Reference Six Steps to Build Your Self-Confidence
Today we live in an advanced well developed world that has brought to us by our ancestors. They believed their visions, put their faith in actions, they took the risks to make their dreams come true so that we can enjoy the fruits they bore and enjoy a life of high quality and high civilization.
Have you even thought if Columbus would have not taken the risk to travel cross the ocean and explored the other side of the earth, how could we be able to live in the land of America?
Have you ever thought about how much risks Wright Brothers took in inventing the first airplane so that, when you travel around in the air, you will not have any fear? Around later nineteen century, the brothers started with a bold vision, men can fly in the air. In about next five years, the two brothers did intensive studies around flying and aviation and took all kinds of testing and experiments before they made the first successful, powered and piloted flight in December of 1903.
When you take risks, you should be discernment but not take risk in blindness. You have to examine the environment and analyze the situation around, set up wise strategies so that the risk you take can maximize the probability of success.
Dr. Benjamin Carson, the distinguished neurosurgeon, who took many risks in performing world-challenging surgeries, has suggested to calculate the risk in advance by asking four questions: What’s the best thing that happens if I do this, what’s the best thing that happens if I don’t, what’s the worst thing that happens if I do it, what’s the worst thing that happens if I don’t.
The four questions are from his life experience in taking risk and he shared all his risk taking intelligence in his book, Take the Risk. To minimize the failure, I would suggest always aligning your vision with any risk you take and perform analysis and measurement around your vision and mission. In this way, we do not lose anything even if we fail because our risk taken action is vision driven. In another word, our action is goal oriented and purpose driven, even if we fail, we can learn from the failure that the way does not work, we need to take another way to our vision. Remember you may lose nothing when you take a dream driven risk, but you will take the biggest risk when you risk nothing. Anaïs Nin said, the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in bud became more painful than the risk it took to blossom. Let’s take the right risk by faith. For we walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Reference The Power of Confidence