This weekend, Mark and I had a long heart-to-heart about some decisions we have to make. No, about some decisions that I have to make.
Really, we weren’t even debating whether or not I should do something, but rather how much it was going to hurt to do the right thing. And how much more potential hurt doing this right thing would open me up to.
I know I’m being vague, but I think you can help me with my question anyway.
As our conversation was winding down, Mark said that it comes down to the sage wisdom of That 70s Show, where apparently a character shared these words: It’s better to have loved and lost than to have not loved at all.
I don’t know. I mean, sure, in theory that’s all well and good. But when it’s my heart being pummeled and crushed – over and over and over – then it’s a little harder to try again. To put myself out there. To be brave.
So, I’m wondering what you think. Do you think it’s best to take risks every time, even though you know you might end up disappointed and hurt? Or is it smarter to play it safe and not let your heart get involved?
God won't give you anything you can't handle. Although sometimes we don't believe that when it's happening, it is so very true when you look back over instances in your life that you thought were unbearable. I know those times in my life have made me stronger.
My logical side says "it depends on the situation" My faith says "go for it"
Take the risk. The greatest risks come with the greatest rewards. The best times in my life have always happened after I took a big risk. That's living!!
Proverbs 4:23, "Above all else, guard your heart,
for it is the wellspring of life."
I say be wise and discerning…pray. It's one thing for God to give you a burden and it is another to take one on. I believe God very much intends for us to be reasonable, and I don't believe faith contradicts reason…in the wise words of Martin Luther,
"If you have been given the responsibility for making something better, then do what you can and leave the rest up to God. But if you want to voluntarily take on more responsibility, trying to straighten out everything that's crooked, cure every evil, and throw the devil out of this world, then you'll only cause yourself a lot of pain and sorrow. It's like trying to stop a swift river. You can't control what people do in this world. Rather, the One who created all things is the One who controls them."
Sorry so long, hope this helps:)
God called us to love, He demands it really. So I say love, but go into it with your eyes open and your knees dirty in prayer.
Take the risk! Our hearts are very important, even if it ends up hurting later. Follow your heart!
I'm not sure 'That 70s Show' should be credited for that quote… ;)
You have truly been blessed with some wonderful friends, Mary, who didn't hesitate to take you back to Jesus and remind you that taking risks is all part of our walk in faith. Seems to me that opening your heart has paid off in the past… I will pray for you!
i don't think i can say anything that nichole and grace haven't already said.
i'll be praying for you.
Thank you all. You're sweet – and right. :)