By Ray W. McCollum
"But his master answered, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you...
ought to have put my money in the bank, and (at least)
I would have received my money back with interest...'
"Therefore, take away the talent from him, and give it to he who has the ten talents. "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an aubndance; but from the one who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away."
- Matthew 25:26-29
Let me tell you something I have learned about FAITH...you spell it "R-I-S-K"! Living by faith and obeying God always involves a "risk factor", or else it's not biblical faith.
"risk"-The possibility of loss or injury; peril; the chance of loss
Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition
Every one of us instinctively knows about risk. Some people pay a lot of money to experience the thrill or "rush" of taking a risk. After he retired from his presidency, George Bush, Sr. took up sky-diving in his 70's! 40,000 Americans a year take up rock climbing, 25,000 "shoot the rapids" of the Colorado and millions play the lottery or the stock market. All are taking a risk. Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter", recently lost his life in an incident with a sting ray, a creature normally not considered dangerous to humans. One wildlife expert commented, "It's like being killed by a poodle". The ironic thing was that Irwin's popularity and success hinged on our fascination with risks he took, especially with the more dangerous species.