Risky Reward

Everything Great takes a risk“Gravity never accepts excuses, and if you mess up, gravity is not going to care.” – Jim Collins (author of Good to Great and great rock climber speaking on climbing)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. – Romans 1:16

Risk Averse: “A risk averse investor is an investor who prefers lower returns with known risks rather than higher returns with unknown risks. In other words, among various investments giving the same return with different level of risks, this investor always prefers the alternative with least interest.” – The Economic Times

The hardest part about success is taking the risk. The hardest part about significance is the risk. The hardest part about following Jesus is the risk. Everything great in life takes risks. Marriage takes risk, but it is absolutely great. Making the world a better place takes risk, but it is essential. Helping someone in need takes risk, but it is so rewarding. Life is defined by risk. It is in the risk that life is felt more than ever. Too often we bet on living comfortable lives, hoping that low risk will reward us with high yield. That’s a gamble as much as anything. Too often we rely on the risks of others to provide our reward. And that’s the beauty of our modern life. Other people’s risks can be rewarding to us. Airlines, computers, automobiles; they were all risks other people took that we reap the rewards from now. However, while we enjoy the material rewards of the risks of people like Henry Ford, Paul Allen, and Elon Musk, we don’t get to share in the satisfaction gained from them. Not much at least. No, our reward from them is relegated to enjoyment. Which is a good thing, but not a great thing. We can enjoy things all day long and still go to bed miserable. We may enjoy racing cars for example, but there is little satisfaction without finishing towards the front. Because it’s at the front that satisfaction occurs. It isn’t satisfying to be mediocre or poor at what we do. We don’t generally stay in jobs that we can’t do well in. We aren’t happy at home when we’re poor family members. We don’t like driving if we’re accident prone. Satisfaction generally requires performance, and performance always requires risk. The driver who wins a race is always closer to crashing than the others. However, risk doesn’t have to be foolish. It can be calculated too. When Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, he didn’t create what the social media giant is today. He created a small platform that students from his school could use to communicate with each other. Then he opened it up to schools across the country. Then he made it something everyone could get involved in. Then he went public on the stock market. Following Jesus doesn’t have to begin with quitting your job to start a mega-church. Sometimes it starts by just admitting that you’re a Christian. Then living like it. Then answering questions. Then influencing people. Then… Accomplishing anything will take a risk. The risks can range from embarrassment to losing everything. However, the rewards are too good to pass up. Knowing that you improved somebody’s life is rewarding. Saving a life is rewarding. Jesus promised the reward of heaven for following Him. And that’s more rewarding than anything. And remember, He risked and lost His life for you and me. Yes, life takes risks, but with Jesus it has its ultimate reward.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

Leave a Reply