The Risk is Worth It

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“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” (We Bought a Zoo)

This quote stuck in my head. Yeah, maybe taking movie quotes and writing an entire blog on it is pretty cheesy. Maybe. Well, yes it is, but I’m going to do it anyway. This quote really got me thinking. I really believe it even it if is just a quote from a movie.

It made me think of the first time I went cliff jumping. And rode the giant drop at 6 Flags Great America for the first time. When I jumped out of a plane at 13,000 feet. The day I left Chicago to do an internship in Kansas CIty and knew absolutely no one. I remember staying at someone’s house that I had never met before. I was laying in bed wondering what I had gotten myself into and if I made the right choice.

During all of these times my heart was raising and felt like it was going to beat out of my chest. I was scared out of my mind during most of these. It wasn’t that someone made me do them. These were the things in my heart that I really wanted to do and was just terrified cause I had no idea what the outcome would be. I am so glad that I made a choice to step out in faith and take a risk. It is so satisfying just to step out and take a risk, even if it doesn’t work out. I want to live trusting God for huge things. I want to be the one person who believes for what everyone else has already given up on.

I love that we were created this way. Life would be so boring if there weren’t risks involved. And there are so many people living without risking for the things they desire. I am convinced that no one wants to live life without risking something. Even if it’s just risking vulnerability with someone else. I mean, 20 seconds of just embarrassing bravery. I know every person is about to explode cause that’s what they wish they could do. Why do we love hearing stories about people losing everything but rising back up and conquering the obstacles in their way? Why does something rise up in us during movies where this happens? I don’t want it to be a movie anymore. I want this to be a reality to me.

I can’t help but bring Jesus into this whole thing. Really wrap your mind around this. You only have one life here. Seriously, stop right now and think about it for 5 seconds. It’s reality. I don’t want to get to heaven and look back and wish I had done things differently. I don’t want to regret not stepping out and doing what was really in my heart. We were made to be wholehearted. It’s in every single one of us. Every person wants to give themselves fully to something (It’s really Jesus – most people just don’t know it yet). I guarantee, if everyone was honest with themselves, they wish they would be courageous enough to live this way.

Some people will say that I am young and ambitious. And I would tell them they desire the same things – whether they know it or not. It’s still there. They use the excuse that it’s wisdom to be safe and have security. It’s fear. I’m sick of fear. I hate it. It’s paralyzed so many people. Every single one of us is going to be in front of God at some point. We are going to have nothing to hide behind, and we have to answer to Him about our lives. I want to follow Him with everything within me. I’m not saying I’ve attained this. But I will try. I want to truly live.

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