How do we begin? We know what we want but how do we get there? What's the first step?
We all know what this internal conversation is like- we have it all the time. Yet the truth of the inner monologue if you really listen to what you're saying to yourself is I'm afraid. Afraid of the unfamiliar and uncontrolled. We know the goal with it's benefits and rewards. We can understand the risk, and the loos but we have to answer the question is the benefit worth the risk?
In many ways the answer depends on what you want to gain from it. Do you simply desire material gain? Then you run the numbers and ask what you're willing to lose. If you looking to deepen your soul then the struggle and the ability to grow by overcoming are now a value that is put in the benefit column to weigh the decision and make the risk more worth while.
Hebrews 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
In this passage the author set's the course for our lives. First we see that others have risked and are looking to us to carry on the adventure. Second, throw your heart into it by throwing away all that doesn't matter. You can tell when someone gets a new passion in their lives; the old things fade away. Third, run the marathon! Get ready for the long game, long consistent obedience in the same direction. Fourth - fix your eyes, like a laser in focus on Jesus, the everything of our faith, and consider how he endured all for love's sake.
When we see the goal personal transformation (yes- change) isn't about what we get but what we become the whole equation changes - yes it's higher risk, and harder work, with bigger eternal payouts.
So Risk! Throw your heart in it! Run and focus, the grace for the day will come!