My husband and I are church planters who got married at the age of 20, who had five kids, and who most recently sold their new construction for a very old house--needless to say, taking risks is something we've become familiar with.
Different life stages offer opportunity for different risk levels. For example, when I had 5 small children, going to the grocery store with them was a risk-- I always felt like I conquered the world when I arrived home! As life changes, your opportunity to step out in faith also changes. God didn't create you for mediocrity or for average; He created you to do great things!
Doing the things He has put in your heart will bring you fulfillment beyond compare-- the only obstacle is having the faith to take the risk!
"Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them walking on the lake, When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "it's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." " Come," he said. - Matthew 14:22-29
What is God asking you to do in 2017 that will require you to take some risks? What are the things He's asked you to do in the years past that you never went through with because the risk factor was just too large?
Everything good in life requires a little bit of risk. You will never be 100% sure the decisions that you make, but if there is no risk involved, there is no faith required!
For me, this past year has included lots of risk taking. For my birthday, some friends bought me a certificate to go sky diving. Jumping out of an airplane will be extremely thrilling; however, I feel like my everyday obedience is just as thrilling.
Obedience to God is the safest risk you can take! Writing this blog is a risk, moving from our newly built--very low maintenance home--into a 150 year old house is a risk! However, at some point, in order to see the dream and desire of my heart come to pass, I had to take a risk!
" I was unsure of how to go about this, and felt totally inadequate-I was scared to death if you want to know the truth of it-and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the message came through anyway. God's spirit and God's power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God's power.." 1 Corinthians 2:3-5
The truth is God will never force you to take risks. He will put the dream in your heart and see if you will have the faith to see it happen! You might feel inadequate, or even scared to death, but that's where faith kicks in; you don't rely on your own strength but on God's power!
Stop waiting on someone or something to make 2017 the best year yet; take the risk, step out in faith, and see what God does! This New Year, 2017, being a great year is circumstantial-- you having your best year is about growing in faith and obedience as you see God make the impossible possible in your life!
The greatest risks we've taken have not only yielded the greatest returns but have grown us in our faith as we've trusted in the Lord every step of the way! Adventure and true living doesn't happen in the boat, and your best year yet won't happen in the boat-- it happens as you take the first steps to walk on the water!
Your life doesn't have to be boring; your life of faith shouldn't be boring. God didn't create you to stay in the boat and be bored; He created you to have the faith to walk on water!
Take the limits off of what you think 2017 will look like! Learn to hear God's voice in 2017, and ask Him what His plans are for you this New Year; then, have the faith to obey, and take some risks this year!
Having faith to take some risks this year will ensure it to be your best year yet! I believe that there are great things for you this year, so get out of the boat and go on the adventure you were created for!
~Happy New Year from the Farmhouse! xoxo