Life is about taking risks. Whether in life, work, play, love or living on purpose, taking risks propels a person to discover the unknown about themselves and what life has to offer them. We would live a useless life without taking risks. There is no growth or development without taking risks. One remains stagnate without taking risks. How can you discover who you are – what you are capable of achieving and how far you can go – without taking risks?
“There is no discovery without risk and what you risk reveals what you value.”
― Jeanette Winterson
Are you happy by only existing in this life? Would you prefer to be boxed in your comfort zone on shore? Or would you want to live a life out on the open waters?
“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”
―Hunter S. Thompson
Yes, the waters can become choppy at times and major storms can brew up instantly. But that’s life! Expect various storms in life – failure, lost, heartbreak – but do not allow the fear of taking risks dock you at the shore. Be willing to brave the waters, hang your feet out the boat, get your feet wet, and declare “I can walk on water”.
My term for a risk-taker is a “water walker”. A “water walker” is one who has a gift, talent, the passion, drive and fueled by their faith to fulfill a purpose or calling in their life. That type of person does not merely look at the waters from the boat; but they are willing to sit on the edge, swing both legs over and take a chance to experience walking on water.
“If you want to walk on the water, you have to be willing to get your feet wet first. Then you discover it is worth the risk.”
― John Ortberg
I have been fascinated by those who have achieved great success in life; questioning the steps taken, the successes and failures, and who encouraged them along the way. Taking risks isn’t about a singular person; it’s about a person, their desires, their faith, and the support around them. In a series of future posts, I will introduce you to a few “water walkers” who have inspired me and I hope will inspire you.
Start today by taking a risk, little-by-little, on a goal you want to achieve this year. Because, it’s water walking time for us this year!!
Sitting on the edge of the boat,
Fight. Finish. Faith. (2 Timothy 4:7 NKJV)