A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. ~ Denis Waitley
Are you a risk taker? Do you see a path into the unknown as an opportunity? Or, is an unknown path something to fear?
Paths that are well-lit offer some sense of security. We can decide whether it’s worth traveling because we believe we can see what lies ahead for us. We think those paths are predictable and safe.
But, there’s little to entice and excite our imagination.
Maybe we like these well-lit paths because we’ve been hurt venturing into the unknown. Maybe we’ve been blind-sided and are now suspicious…wanting to peek around every corner before taking that first step just to make sure we don’t get knocked down again. But we can’t foresee everything. And we shouldn’t always assume history will repeat itself. Well-lit paths can lure us into a false sense of security and dead-end comfort zones, where we’re never given the opportunity to grow as a person.
Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves. ~Walter Anderson
And then there are those paths that are not well-lit. They’re a bit dark and scary-looking and we’re left wondering whether it’s safe to venture into the unknown. These paths could hold treasures beyond our wildest dreams….but they could also present dangers, set backs and obstacles to overcome before getting there. As a general rule, we don’t like obstacles in life, do we? When trouble appears in our path, we tend to cut and run. We prefer the smooth and wide road; the easy road; the predictable road; the seemingly safe road.
So what needs to happen to entice us to consider taking the path that’s not already well-lit and all laid out for us? What should we do to help us take that leap of faith and accept the risk of success or failure? Why is it so difficult to choose this path and to experience (good or bad) what lies ahead?
Dreams for our lives rarely come with guarantees. The sooner we accept this, the better off we’ll be when deciding whether to take a risk. The seemingly smooth, well-lit path does not necessarily lead to happiness just as the dark, scary-looking path doesn’t always lead to danger.
It comes down to faith. Where is our faith and in what does it lie? It’s a well-known belief among those of religious faith that God seldom leads us down well-lit paths. He tends to steer us in the direction of paths we consider dark and non-welcoming. Paths where we are encouraged to follow his lead and ask for guidance in our steps when we can’t see what lies ahead. Many times it’s his way of forcing us to not always want to rely on our own impressions; to not always think our way is the best way; to not assume what we think we see is the best direction for our lives.
Entering into the unknown takes courage. It’s to take a risk and believe that, no matter what happens, God will be there to help us through it. And to also believe whatever lies ahead will include tremendous blessings.
That’s the hardest part.
It never ceases to amaze me when God wants to take someone to the next level in their life and they let fear of the unknown rob them of tremendous blessings. ~R. Alan Woods