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Dodging Discomfort
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "If you try to avoid danger and risk, then you'll lose everything. If you let go of your life and risk all for my sake, then your life will be rescued, healed, made whole and full." (Luke 9:24, The Voice)

Dig Deeper: Luke 9:23-26

We tend to shy away from any type of risk. We are encouraged to have a plan B, money stashed away for rainy days, and a nice retirement waiting for us. We are trained to be creatures of comfort. We relax in La-Z-Boys and sleep at night in Select Comfort beds. Most of us will do whatever it takes to be comfortable.

Unfortunately, for some of us, our preoccupation with comfort has seeped into our faith. Some say, "I will go anywhere, give anything, say anything—as long as there is no risk, as long as I have some kind of guarantee that I won't get hurt or rejected or fired or evicted."

So, how do you handle risk? More specifically, how do you respond when your faith in Jesus compels you to take a risk? How do you react when the stakes are high? Or when you have something to lose?

Now, risk comes in many different packages, and at many different levels. It may be financial, emotional, relational, or physical. But whatever it looks like, how do you handle risk? Do you avoid it? Ignore it? Explain it away? Or do you embrace it as a necessary part of your faith in Christ?

—Jamie Snyder in Real

My Response: When has the fear of the risk involved kept me from taking a step of faith? When have I pushed past my fear and taken a step of faith?

Thought to Apply: You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.—Ray Bradbury (science fiction writer)

Adapted from Real by Jamie Snyder (Bethany House, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Dear Jesus, since your true followers throughout the ages took great risks to live a life of faith, may I be willing to do the same.

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mark mcclendon

April 10, 2014  8:01pm

Wow!! Great for me to hear these words. I am taking that leap of faith looking into another occupation. Its hard to get out of your comfort zone. I'm learning in my later years being a Christ follower is not always comfortable. But there is that peace within. Amen Lord, use me.

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Curt Schleicher

April 10, 2014  9:27am

With apprehension, I prayed the prayer for this week. Lord, I know you're the all powerful God of this earth. And you control the sunrise and sunset and everything else that happens during life. Help me to take steps of faith , when I am faced with them in life. I will have the reassurance that while your holiness may seem overwhelming at times; this trait is overshadowed by your love for me in the death AND resurrection of your SON, Jesus for my sins and unbelief. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.

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