Last night I began to write to you and nothing was feeling right. So I stepped away from the computer and figured that whatever it was would come and oh my goodness it did. We are a family that loves board games and my daughter wanted to play a game. We have one called Pay Day. I am usually pretty good at this game but last night nothing was in my favor at all. I was losing and paying out money every single time I rolled the dice. One thing in particular that kept happening was I kept landing on “Deal.” When you land on a “Deal” square you have the option on investing in several things whether it is a condo, stamp collection, commercial equipment, vacation land, business, antiques and more. If you say yes you pay the cost of the deal (which is usually high and you usually have to take out a loan) and if by chance you land on the “Buyer” square during the entire game you get to cash out on that investment which is usually doubled. Now, if you decide to not invest in the deal then you risk nothing and you gain nothing.
Well, well, well I said no to every investment being afraid of the risk because I had hardly any money and I did not want a loan. Without fail I would land on the buyer square immediately after. It was the craziest thing. That has never happened to me playing this game…ever. I was thoroughly disgusted. Then as I lay on the table just flabbergasted with what was happening the Lord said, “No risk, no buyer, no reward.”
The Lord hands us out deals all the time and often we say no because the lack we feel that we are facing in our present circumstances moves us to a place of fear where we are no longer living life by faith but by our tainted feelings and fear. No need to keep playing the should’ve, could’ve, would’ve games because that gets old. No need to say, “Yes Lord send me,” if you only desire to be sent to where you are comfortable. There is a cost and you have to count it.
My husband and I had to count the cost when the Lord told us to move to Colorado. A place we knew nothing about, a place where we had no family, no home…we knew no one person. It was just him, me and Jesus. We did not have the support back home and it was scary. Selling everything we had, packing our clothes in the trunk of our car, and leaving everything familiar to us was not easy. But I was comforted in Luke 18:29-30, So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, 30 who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.”
My husband and I always joke around about many things and we will tell each other, “Oh you ain’t about that life!” Are you about that faith life? Are you about that taking risks with God life? If not then it’s time. I read somewhere that faith was spelled R-I-S-k. If you say that being a Christian is boring then you are not experiencing God the way you could be. It’s an adrenaline rush…no drugs needed. Remember…no Risk, no Buyer, no Reward. Ever risk my family and I take God has been faithful. How will you live by faith today?
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