The Greatest Risk

January 12, 2016 | 5 comments

I don’t know about you, but all of the best things in my life have had fear as a steady companion. I’ve been terrified to apply for jobs, to join exercise classes, to write books, to have hard conversations. I’ve been terrified of childbirth. Of falling in love.

There are always good reasons for not walking through the doors of this life. There are always risks in crossing those great thresholds.

True enough: Sometimes, our worst fears come to pass. Sometimes, things break. Sometimes, we ourselves are the most broken things of all.

But that’s the thing. To live a beautiful life, we have to take the risk. To live a beautiful life, we have to lose the fear of stepping across the threshold.

The greatest risk in this life is never taking the risk.

Join me at (in)courage today, where we’re talking about risking the broken to see the beautiful. I’ve got a story for you…

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Hey Tell His Story crew! It is a joy to gather here every week with you. The linkup goes live each Tuesday at 4 p.m. (CT). If you would use the badge on your blog, found here, that would be great! And if you would visit at least one other blogger in the link-up and encourage them with a comment, that would be beautiful! Be sure to check the sidebar later. I’ll be featuring one of you over there! Our featured writer this week is Shelly Miller. The story about her new red sweater giving her the opportunity to talk about Christ is lovely! She says, “If you’ve begun the year feeling as though time has been wasted and everything feels meaningless, may God reveal His face shining upon you in the mundane moments of life.” Find Shelly here. To be considered as our featured writer, be sure to use our badge or a link to my blog from your post. 🙂 xo Jennifer

by | January 12, 2016 | 5 comments


  1. Anita

    I loved your story, Jennifer! I especially love the “If you never go, you’ll never know” line. I needed that.

  2. Anna Smit

    Loved this as well, Jennifer. It’s so encouraging to read as I step into big fears of my own. Thank you for reminding us of the blessings awaiting us in stepping into risks and fears.

  3. Tara Ulrich

    So true! Let’s not let life pass us by. I love the story you shared. I’m going to try and remember to look more!

  4. Michele Morin

    Some of my most “frightening” experiences have been the most rewarding. Learning, slowly, to take risks and to trust that God has my back — especially when He’s the One calling me into the risk for the sake of His Kingdom. Blessings, Jennifer!



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