Take a Risk Thursday

3 years ago, today, I took a very big risk.  My heart was pounding, my hands and voice were shaking.  The bottom of my knee was starting to hurt because… I was kneeling!  I proposed to my wife on the day after Valentine’s Day, I like to keep it classy!

Daily Dose of Jesus

Numbers 14:1-10

The People Rebel

14 That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder.Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”

Then Moses and Aaron fell facedown in front of the whole Israelite assembly gathered there. Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had explored the land, tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will devour them. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

10 But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites.

A Little Reflection Goes a Long Way

The people of Israel were the opposite of courageous.  They were cowards who lost faith in the Lord.  They could have enjoyed their promised land, instead they never entered it.  When people start to complain, consider the big picture before you join in.  You have better ways to use your energy than to complain.

With great miracles, God had led the Israelites out of slavery, through the desolate desert, and up to the very edge of the promised land.  He had protected them, fed them, and fulfilled every promise.  Yet when encouraged to take that last step of faith and enter the land, the people refused.  Why?  They were afraid.  Often we do the same thing.  We trust God to handle the smaller issues but doubt his ability to take care of the big problems, the tough decisions, the frighteneing situations.  Don’t stop trusting God just as you are ready to reach your goal.  He brought you this far and won’t let you down now.  Take a risk and give it all to God.  Follow him no matter the cost.

Daily Workout – In Honor of the Proposal, “I Lunge You All Over Again”

Natural Solutions

I remember that day very clearly. He was WAY nervous, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on why until… he put my ring on my finger! Sometimes we just need to jump out of our comfort zone and take a risk! So, I’ve got one heck of a challenge for you (don’t worry, it doesn’t require any additional lunges!). Are you ready for it? If so check out my Natural Solutins – Rethink, Retrain, Revamp page.

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