The risk spectrum

By Dave Henning / September 5, 2014

As Mark Batterson concludes Chapter 9 of All In, he states that it’s important to distinguish between personality issues and spiritual issues.  Although all of us land at different places on the risk spectrum, we’re not exempt from taking risks simply because we aren’t natural risk takers.  For example, in regard to spiritual gifts, even though we might not have the gift of mercy, we still are expected to be merciful.  While we may not set the standard for risk taking, we need to meet the standard.

Pastor Batterson cites a study done a decade ago by a pair of psychologists at the University of Michigan.  They analyzed brain activity during a computer-simulated betting game and found that losses loom larger than gains.  In other words, Mark summarizes, “the aversion to loss of a certain magnitude is greater than the attraction to gain of the same magnitude.”  The author theorizes that the study’s conclusion helps explain why so many people play not to lose.  Its our neurological default setting.

Just as Martin Luther’s small act of courage in posting ninety-five theses on the doors of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany impacted history in a major way, when we do what’s right, we set the stage for God to turn the tables.  As Mark encourages, all we need do is stand up, step in, or step out- regardless of the circumstances or consequences.

Today’s question: Where would you place yourself on the risk spectrum?  Where is God calling you to take a stand?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “An act of obedience”

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