The Reasons And Rewards Of Risk-Taking
I’m Steve Arterburn with a New Life moment.
I’m convinced that life without risk isn’t much of a life. There’s a certain comfort in predictability. But it’s the kind of comfort that prevents movement and growth—a comfort you find in hibernation.
An athlete regularly stretches his muscles to the point where they burn or else they become inflexible, unresponsive, and easily fatigued. The same is true with your soul. It must be regularly stretched. Failure to do so provides a degree of superficial comfort in the short term, but ultimately leaves you emotionally and spiritually unfit.
Connecting, loving, pursuing dreams, and succeeding all require risk and energy!. Yes, you’ll be stretched to the point of discomfort. Yes, you’ll be open to injury and disappointment. But these are far better alternatives than the loneliness, boredom, and quiet desperation that accompany a life without risk.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.