Eric Speir

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Four Right Questions Risk Takers Ask

Do you consider yourself a risk-taker? I don’t mean the type that jumps out of a perfectly good airplane or goes cliff jumping. I mean the type who takes calculated risks in their businesses, ministries or professional life. A risk-taker is one who acts on a thought or idea with the possibility of loss or injury to themselves.

Ready to take the plunge?

We take risks for granted everyday of our lives. We risk our lives driving down the road to work every morning. We drive and hope that the person coming in oncoming traffic will stay in his own lane. That’s a risk that we take! We risk investing for our retirement. We risk getting married and having children. By now you get the point! Why do we take risks in life? Because the potential reward outweighs our desire to remain the same. Several years ago the Lord had placed the dream in my life to go back to school to pursue my Master’s degree. The Lord wanted me go full time so that meant resigning from my position and moving. I really wanted to do it but I was scared because I liked to eat, liked to pay my bills, was married and had a new baby. To say that I was scared was an understatement! In the end the Lord had orchestrated the situation and opened some doors for this to happen. It was a tough experience but looking back I would not be where I am today or writing this blog had I not taken the risk.

When deciding on taking a risk we often start to ask ourselves questions. The problem is that we normally ask the wrong questions. We go into self-preservation mode and start asking questions like:

Wrong Questions To Ask:

• How much is this going to cost?

• What if I fail?

• What will people think of me if I don’t succeed?

• What is the worst that could happen?

Don’t get me wrong about the questions because the Bible says that we should count the costs before doing something. However, I think if we focus on the negative too much we will talk ourselves out of something that God might be leading us to do. I think we could get a better perspective if we would ask some better questions. What would happen if we started asking positive questions like the ones below?

Right Questions To Ask:

• What’s the BEST that could happen?

• What could happen if I succeeded?

• How could my decision to move forward help others?

• What would the potential return be on my investment?

Do you see how asking a different set of questions can change your perspective? Instead of seeing all the potential obstacles that stand in your way you begin to see difficulties as opportunities.

Give yourself permission to dream and take the lid off. What are some risks that the Lord might want you to take for him? What questions would you add to the list? Please leave a comment!


About Eric

I'm a pastor, writer and serial encourager. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for download on Amazon. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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4 Replies

  1. Risk is an interesting subject. God never promised us that we would be free of risk. Yet at the same time we often take unnecessary risks because of selfish ambition. We really have to be in tune with our hearts.

    1. Eric

      That’s a good point to make. That’s where it is important to check your motives before doing something. I often ask myself what the motive is behind something before starting it.

  2. Ah, the question isn’t if you should follow your dream but is your dream aligning with the calling God has placed on your life. I think that’s where many trip and unfortunately fall. We forget to ask the “ultimate Dreamweaver” – God himself. When I was called by God to full time ministry, I went through all the negative responses first. Now as I continue to pursue this calling, I know that He brings out the positive. Thanks for sharing. ~Tammie

    1. Eric

      Thanks for adding to the conversation! You’re right about asking God about our dreams. It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves and never consider if this is what God wants for us. I’ve actually went through this myself. I did something and then cried about it later and all the Lord said was, “I never told you to do it!” That was frustrating! I don’t want to do that again 🙂

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