I don’t know a single person who does not want to be successful.
Everyone dreams of it.
Everyone wants it.
But not everyone is willing to persevere through the risks to achieve success.
Which begs the question:
Have you ever seen a major breakthrough, victory or accomplishment that didn’t overcome risk?
Put yourself in the shoes of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of the Western Allies in Europe. He must have been sick in his stomach as he contemplated the risk involved in the invasion of Normandy. I am sure he counted, with much anguish, the cost of winning a war of this magnitude. He knew that the war had to be won and the only way to win the war would be through taking great risk! Read how the Washington Post writer, Kristine Phillips, describes the letter that Eisenhower wrote out before the invasion took place:
“[Eisenhower] wrote out a note that became famous later on. In this note, he stated that he imagined the landings had failed. He wrote that this was not the fault of all these troops that were underneath him. It’s really a remarkable moment when you think about it. He was considering everything that might go wrong. Now it was out of his hands. He had to put trust into the faith of his commanders and troops to carry out the plan. … He did not want them to be blamed for it. That tells you something about his character.”
He and the many soldiers who fought for the freedoms of the world risked much. They were willing to do so because they knew the battle needed to be fought to win the war. They had to win the war, so the world would be able to live in freedom.
Risk is always difficult to face.
Its even harder when you don’t know the outcome. It is necessary, however, to see breakthrough, victory and success.
Personally for you, its risky to repent of your sins because vulnerability is risky, but its necessary to receive the forgiveness God freely gives! Its risky to be in community, but necessary to have people with which to share God’s grace and love. Its risky to serve your neighbor, but necessary so that God’s unconditional love might be shown to them through you!
For us a church, its risky to step into a new neighborhood in West Nashville. Its risky to take on more financial cost. Its risky to leave what is familiar. Its risky to take on new roles of leadership. Its risky to ask every single person to be a leader in God’s Kingdom. Its all very risky… but its necessary.
The move to Clementine in West Nashville is necessary for us to be a thriving church. Its a risk yes, but through this space we can grow, we can better connect disconnected people, we can disciple disciple-makers, we can even plant more churches in the years to come. This move is not just about the near future, but its also about the long term future. I deeply believe we can one day begin planting more churches in middle Tennessee. And that is where our goals need to point. Why? Because 800,000+ people in Nashville are not connected to a faith community. And that is something worth risking for. We take risks for them.
While we can’t connect with all 800,000+ people, we can all be taking risks for our neighbors. As we are praying for breakthrough…
Here are a few ways you can begin taking risks in the Kingdom of God right now:
- RSVP for one of the Vision Dinners in September by clicking here
- Invite some neighbors over for dinner and share stories
- Begin prayer walking your neighborhood and ask God to stir his love there
- Pray for friends by name who you would love to see come to faith in Jesus
- Pray for our church in specific ways (for our leaders, for our growth, etc.)
- Become a leader in our church (in a group, Pulse team, outreach, etc.)
- Join a Rhythm City Group and grow in your relationships with God, each other and neighbors
- Join us during the month of September as we journey through our new series “Dangerous Prayers” which well help all of us place our risks in the hands of the Lord who is always with us.
BEFORE YOU GO…
Be reminded of how God gives courage to Joshua:
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:5-9
More to come in following blog posts:
- Trusting beyond our abilities
- Praying through and having faith in the midst of our concerns
- Strategies for connecting in the new neighborhood