Free writing today on the Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday prompt “Risk.”
The word risk has my mind going all over the place this morning.
Risk just for risk’s sake is… well, silly. Risking all for one’s personal dreams of “success” and fame might be ill advised.. The Bible tells us the wise person counts the cost before proceeding to build a tower or go forth to fight a battle, and that’s got to apply figuratively as well as literally.
I guess the question is what would I be risking… for what? Some things are too precious to risk. Like the truth of God that I might risk compromising. The risk of family well-being for my own personal pleasure… etc. (Such strong drive after my own desires could get like a steam roller mashing down everyone in its path!)
What is worth risking even my personal dream(s)? Or my dearest earthly relationships? Or my job? Or my home? Or my money? Or my reputation? Or, yes, even my personal happiness?
Isn’t it Christ?
When you risk something, you’ve got to figure maybe you will actually lose it. Sometimes doing the right thing, or refusing to do the wrong thing, will cost you: friends, reputation, opportunities, even family relations, even marriage! (I do know people who came to faith in Christ whose spouses gave them the choice of renouncing their new faith or divorce!)
The bottom line: Considered risk. What would I be risking… for what? All the world for the pearl of great price? Or God’s best gifts for… even all the world?