I had a dream last night that I jumped off a cliff. I jumped, shot like a rocket through the air and then… my wings expanded and I flew. It was the most intense fear and the greatest freedom wrapped up into one, married together. Like one could not be experienced without the other. I know why I dreamed this. Lately, I’ve been weighing a few big risks. OK, Matrix-style-drop-kick-battling with risk is more like it. It’s really easy to coast along in life when everything is “fine”. You don’t want to risk losing something, you don’t want to get out of your nice little comfort zone and you don’t want to rock the boat. But… What if? What if the possible outcome of taking that risk could mean an infinitely better future? Stop making excuses. What are you risking by NOT taking that risk? The things we were meant to do will keep nudging us - sometimes gently and sometimes with a big “heave ho!” - until we finally do something about them. Life is too short to wait for someone else to push you off the cliff.
How do you know when a risk is worth taking? When it is fueled by love. When the possible outcome of taking that risk could mean a better future for everyone involved, no matter how hard the road to get there, it’s worth making the leap. When it’s not about you, but about loving someone else, the risk is worth taking. When you aren’t relying on someone else’s positive reaction for it to be worth it, it’s time to leap. When the risk itself is taken in love, with clarity and giving as its source. When it pushes you to let go and surrender to what you know is right, it’s worth taking. The inside of my wedding band reads, “I can do all things through Christ.” When God is at the center of your decision, you can risk and never worry about falling. Your wings span farther than you can see. When you realize that you are capable of so much more than where you are right now, risk is essential. Risk is the stuff real life is made of.
Jumping is scary. I know this for a fact. I’m standing at the edge of that cliff today. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather leap than stay stuck. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.