“He said, ‘That’s what I mean: Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag.” Luke 19:26 (MSG)
When you shave your head, you get all sorts of reactions. I had co-workers who fielded calls from clients wondering if I had cancer. When I would explain to inquiring acquaintences that I shaved my head to play Daddy Warbucks in a community theatre production of Annie, it was common to receive looks of bewilderment. Clearly, some people thought I was crazy.
People were surprised at my willingness to shave my hair off for a part in a play, and I suppose that it seems drastic to some. While I admit that the first swipe with the electric clippers required a deep breath, it really wasn’t a huge deal for me. First, I knew the hair would grow back quickly. Second, being bald was a great marketing tool because it created a buzz, was a conversation starter, and got people talking about the show. Most of all, however, I was really committed to playing the part well – and everyone knows Daddy Warbucks is bald. For me, the risk was small, the yield was great in its context.
Accomplishments, both small and large, involve risk. Faith itself is a risk. Acts of faith are riskier still. Jesus constantly rewarded those who stepped out in faith without being asked, and he constantly called out those who played it safe.
What are you willing to risk?