About a month ago, we were hit with something very hard that deeply shook us. I cried and prayed, held on to Russ, made calls, and sometimes I just curled up on my bed hoping it would go away. Then early one morning I saw this small book on my desk. I received a copy of Risk is Right: Better to Lose Your Life Than to Waste It at the Spokane Orphan Summit and so far it had managed to make it into the long queue of “books I own and want to read some day.”
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But that morning, in my fear and desperation, the title grabbed me. It’s a short book, short enough to read in one sitting if it’s early in the morning and no children are interrupting you. I literally sat, underlining as I read, with tears running down my face. It was exactly what I needed to read that morning.
Here is an excerpt.
There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus. If Christ is so valuable that the hope of his immediate and eternal fellowship after death frees us from the self-serving fear of dying and enables us to lay down our lives for the good of others, such love magnifies the glory of Christ like nothing else in the world (p 15).
Question: What does it mean to take risks for God? How has it changed your life?
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