Friday, October 14, 2011

Risk It!

Passing along a great message I got in my email from Charles Swindoll! It truly does speak to this time and our generation of believers, are you willing to risk it?

Risk It!
by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Esther 4:12--14

What does it matter if I get involved or not? It matters greatly---it matters to your character! Yes, it's true that God has other ways to accomplish His objectives. He has other people He can use. He isn't frustrated or restrained because you and I may be indifferent. But when that happens, we are the losers. When we have been called "for such a time as this," how tragic it is if we don't stand up in that hour.

There will be no celestial shout urging you to take a stand. Nor will a flash of lightning awaken you in the midst of your slumber. It doesn't work like that, so don't sit around waiting passively. Numerous needs and issues surround us. They summon us to stand up and be counted. While we will not be able to respond to all of them, the solution is not to respond to none of them! So let me ask you: What are you doing to stand up, to stand alone, to answer the call of God in this hour? Allow me to spell out a few issues and needs worth considering.

Are you involved in helping dysfunctional families? How about those who are homeless and hungry? Or those who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol? What do you do for the orphans and widows? In "such a time as this," what do you stand against and stand for? Do you take a stand against pornography? Do you support any part of the cause of the pro-life movement against abortion? Where do you stand as it relates to the absence of masculinity, the whole extreme feminist movement? What about the horror of sexual abuse that has become so rampant in our society? Or prejudice against other races or nationalities? What about the developmentally disabled? This is an urgent hour of need. Are you there, ready to be salt and light, in this hour?

Not until you believe one person can make a difference will you be willing to take a risk. Quit being so careful about protecting your own back. Stop worrying about what others will think. You don't answer to them. You answer to Him. He will help. He will give you wisdom and courage. You may be only one, but you are one. So, take a risk!


Divine Mrs D said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I love it!!

I read an article that said, essentially, you show your love in the things that you do that will effect people you will never meet.

The example, as small as it may seem, was a cigarette butt in a urinal. When it was thrown in there, did the person think of the woman, who is loved, who is a child of God, having to stick her fingers in there to pick it out?

I think that is also extremely important to remember in our day to day lives. What we do will effect others who are God's children.

David C Brown said...

"If I perish, I perish" - it was a real test for Esther to take this on.

Denise said...

moAmen, risk it.

Parsley said...

Nice thoughts and photo! Have a wonderful weekend!

Terra said...

A great reminder to do what we can, and more!