Courage to Take a Risk


Jesus said, “Come!” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.

-Matthew 14:29

This verse reveals Peter willing to risk being uncomfortable. It was his idea for Jesus to call him out to meet Him on the water, which took faith and courage. While Peter realized his own limitations, he also experienced the saving power of Jesus when fear overwhelmed him.

As you practice stepping out and taking a risk, you’ll develop more tolerance for the unknown. When you treat risk as a learning opportunity and give yourself permission to fail, you can gain valuable insights to help you succeed in the future. It takes a great deal of courage to stand out from the crowd and go against the prevailing attitudes, ideas or trends of society.

It takes courage to risk being authentic, knowing some people might not appreciate, support or accept you. However, those who are truly authentic are a breath of fresh air. Your authenticity can open the door for others who are trying to find the courage to break away from the status quo. When you’re willing to risk being authentic, you’ll make room for others to be authentic with you and that’s when life-giving relationships happen.

Prayer Focus

  • Ask God to give you the faith and courage to risk being uncomfortable in order to learn, grow and gain valuable insights.
  • Pray for the courage to risk being authentic, in order to make room for life-giving relationships with others.
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