Nothing continues upward in a straight line. No tree grows into the stratosphere. No road continues straight without turning; some of them are u-turns.
In life, the same is true.
I have great respect for commodities and futures traders. To me, they represent the purest form of commitment to the law of supply and demand. Furthermore, they understand probabilities, risks, and rewards.
They never have the assurance, even when they have illegal inside information, that the market will go in the direction that they desire. Most people who try their hand at it go broke within the first year. Only the great traders (and there are few of them) have mastered the art and science of risk-taking.
Faith looks like risk – but it’s underwritten by the cast iron guarantee of blessing for obedience to God’s commands.
That’s why I take the words, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin” seriously.
For years, my life motto has been, Attempt something so great for God, it is doomed to failure unless God be in it. Everything I have done that turned out profitably has been, humanly speaking, a risk that could have had drastic downsides to my effectiveness and reputation. In fact, some did!
Long experience tells me faith and adrenaline go together. So I continue to ask friends and colleagues, “What have you undertaken in the last year that requires faith?”
Why? Because if you don’t step out of your comfort zone, you will miss out on great blessings of God for yourself, your family, and your society.
John Edmund Haggai