I came across this poem, and it reminded me of how risky God’s call of faith must have sounded to the Christians in the book Hebrews:
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
The hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing does nothing,
but has nothing and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or live
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave; he has
forfeited his freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.