In my last post, Driven by Fear, I began a short series about what I learned in 2011. Now, I’d like to talk about RISKS.
I am a creature of caution and habit most of the time. Predictability is how I like to pretend my life is run. However, looking back, I know this is not really the case. Somehow, it always ends up working out that things don’t go how I see them in my head.
2011 was no exception to that . Even with the monotony of the job I held for most of the year, so many changes occurred. Life took turns I never expected.
And, a lesson emerged:
It’s ok to take the Risk…
As a few of you may know, I left my job in November. A sure thing, and I left it for an unsure future. A future I felt certain God was calling me to.
Even so, it has not been how I pictured. I lost my biggest source of income, paid my rent with Christmas money, and am scrounging to make sure I can pay in January, knowing I will be sacrificing some food for my rent. (Luckily, I am only me, and can survive off ramen noodles and the frozen foods my Grandparents blessed me with for Christmas).
Though, I don’t know how it will all work out, I feel at peace, and I know I’m following God right into my dreams, even though they don’t look ideal right now. And though I am basically standing alone in it all, I have God on my side. He is all I need.
Also, taking that leap, I feel a sense of freedom I have only felt a few other times before. Like, the world is wide open. So many possibilities lay before me, and I am open to all of them. It gave me an opportunity to escape my pattern of being driven by fear, going only where the anxiety will let me tread.
And, taking a risk may mean I find myself falling on my face. But, I feel that even if I fall on my face and prove others right in their negativity, God will bring Glory from my failure, because in my weakness, the world can see His strength:
“He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, difficulties. For, when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
So, in 2012, I will continue to take leaps of faith….those that may even boarder on Risky that may leave me on my face. I encourage you to do the same. Allow God to show you His power when You trust in Him fully. See what kind of God things happen when you leap.
Linked with Shanda at A Pause on the Path.