Take a Chance
February 6

Last week I saw a clip from one of the late-night talk shows of a segment called, "The Kind of Story We Need Right Now." This particular edition was about a guy who was accidentally invited to a bachelor party, but what makes this story so great is that he went! Somehow, he got an email that was intended for someone who must have an email address very similar to his. But, instead of deleting it or letting the sender know of the mistake, he said that he was in. The hosts quickly realized the mistake but decided to let the goof continue, and after confirming that he wasn't a psycho, they invited him to join them. He wasn't sure how he was going to pay for the trip, so he did what anyone else would do who is accidentally invited to a bachelor party - he started a Go Fund Me Page, and the entire trip was funded in 2 hours! After this it became a snowball. The story went viral and others wanted to be a part of the moment. He was offered free exotic rental cars, free beer, free tattoos, and more. All of this cool stuff happened because he took a risk and was open to an adventure.

As we get older, we seem to take less risks. Some of these changes are good; driving less recklessly, wearing a bicycle helmet, saving for retirement, etc., but there are other times when we miss the opportunity to experience something really cool. Think about it - when was the last time you took a risk? Too often we have become predictable, calculated, and boring. Instead of living an adventure, our life can become a story that would put anyone to sleep, even if they just pounded an espresso shot! What is missed when we stop taking chances?

The Bible is full of stories of individuals who took risks. A guy who built a gigantic boat in the middle of a desert during a drought, a scrawny boy who fights a giant, an unwed girl who accepts the message that she is pregnant with God's son, and a bunch of nobodies who drop everything to follow an unorthodox rabbi. And most likely, these are some of our favorite stories in the Bible! So, when was the last time you took a risk? I'm not saying jump out of an airplane without a parachute, but those risks when something crossed your path that you felt an itch to follow, but for whatever reason you didn't. That just may be God trying to get your attention to take you down a path you never thought you would go, but it could be something that changes your life, and maybe the lives of those around you. Once in a while, take a chance.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris 

Last Published: February 7, 2019 3:27 PM