Everything Is Risky
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Monday, April 7, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: "Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag." (Luke 19:26, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Luke 19:11-27
Some people embrace risk while others don't, but the reality is that risk is a side effect that comes with living life.
It is unavoidable.
It is inevitable.
Most likely you began your day by waking up in a bed. Did you know that every year over 5,000 people check into emergency rooms with pillow-related injuries? Sleeping is a risky venture.
After getting out of bed you probably used the bathroom. You should know that 40,000 Americans suffer a toilet-related injury of some kind. Whether you realize it or not, when you use the porcelain throne, the potty, or whatever you like to call it, you are living on the edge. (Actually, sitting on the edge.)
You drive? Most people do. You should know the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that someone is involved in a car accident every ten seconds.
So you thought you were a cautious person. But the truth is, you [live a risky life]; you might as well start swallowing fire.
Larry Laudan, a philosopher of science, has spent years assessing risk management. In his book Danger Ahead, he summarizes his findings into 19 principles, and principle number one is: Everything is risky.
—Jamie Snyder in Real
My Response: Am I ever a risk taker or am I always playing it safe?
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.
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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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