I was driving home for lunch today when I saw a little boy, elementary school age, riding his bike on the grass. As he tried to make a turn, he fell over. He was fine, got back up and started riding again. That small event caused me to think about something that we all deal with in our lives, at every age.
Taking risks is scary. The amount of fear it generates has much to do with the type of risk and the expected outcome the risk can bring. In other words, the larger the risk, the more fear. Why? Because in order to take a risk, you must realize that you will get hurt. How many people have never fallen when they learned how to ride a bike? None. Everyone falls. Even after riding for a long time, there's always a risk of falling and skinning your knees or worse. We can implement safety mechanisms such as helmets, knee pads, and making sure the bike is in the right working order. But even with all that, you can still fall, you can still get hurt. So why would we even consider riding a bike? Because the reward makes the risk worth it.
In order to take a risk anywhere in your life, you have to realize that you stand a chance of getting hurt. In fact, you will get hurt. You will skin your knees, you may break a bone. Sometimes worse things happen no matter how much you prepare. You must be willing to accept the pain. The same goes for every risk you come across. From riding a bike to starting a business to building relationships, and even to your relationship to Christ. You will get hurt. There is no way around it.
By nature I am not a risk taker. It's easier to sit in my comfortable bubble and hide from the world. It seems safer too. But if I didn't leave my comfort zone and apply at my first radio station, I wouldn't be here doing what God called me to do, doing what I love and loving what I do. I wouldn't be married to an amazing woman. I wouldn't have been blessed with raising kids. I wouldn't have stretched myself and grown in my talents and gifts. I'd be working some job that pays the bills and wondering why my life was so unsatisfied and lonely.
I credit God for dropping the right people into my life, and helping (sometimes forcing) me out of my comfort zone. But *I* had to make the choice, knowing I might be rejected, I might fail or not get something right. I might skin my knees. I might not be "ready" to raise a family or start a business. But then I remember the wise words I've heard: "God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called." And if God is calling you to something, He will give you what you need to fulfill it. Will you skin your knees in the learning process? Yep! Will you perhaps break a bone? Quite possibly. Will it take alot of attempts and learning and falling and getting back up? Absolutely! It has to. You can't -- and shouldn't -- avoid it because it might hurt. Feeling pain is just as much a part of being human as every other feeling. It can't be avoided, and you shouldn't try.