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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Reducing Risk

In recent weeks I have been writing about the differences that exist among us as we face the confusion and uncertainty created by a pandemic. The reality is many are completely consumed with protecting themselves and if true, others.

The interesting part for me is life itself has always been precarious and uncertain. Even if we never had a name to associate with this reality.

Living has always been and will always be filled with risk and “reducing risk” or striving to, is a natural and normal part of the human experience. What is interesting is, as we contemplate our experiences, the risk we face are one of the things that make life worth living.

You see, the trials and tribulations associated with taking risk is how we learn to grow as people. It is also where we learn to value others and understand the love we are blessed to feel, and share is real and eternal.

So, if we can agree there is value in risk taking, why do so many appear to be afraid to take a risk? Why are so many completely consumed with “reducing risk”, whatever the cost?

I believe this is a by-product of too much conflicting information which, leads to an increase of fear and a lack of ability or willingness to face that fear. The reality is, you and I have a choice to make every day, we can spend our time focusing on “reducing risk”, or we can take a risk and see what happens.

You see, risk is where we find the ability to trust and believe we are capable of so much more than we thought possible. Risk is where innovation begins, and ideas come to life. Risk happens when we begin to push the limits and boundaries of life. As we do, we begin to reap the benefits and accept the rewards our risk can bring.

So, the choice is before us. What we choose and how we deal with those choices is up to us.

I can’t and don’t speak for anyone but myself and my family, but I can say in no uncertain terms, we are going to live excited about the potential reward taking risks can bring and then, we are going take as many risk as humanly possible!

Perhaps this seems irresponsible and careless to some. If so, I would like help understanding how living with a focus on “reducing risk” brings a greater reward?

“Reducing risk” may seem appropriate at first glance, but given time, the hope and possibility of the reward will always make the risk worthwhile.

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

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