The life of faith in Christ and being lead by Christ is risky. Doing ministry is risky. Parenting is risky. There is no way for you to avoid risk in a life of faith and trust in Christ. Trust requires risk in order to be defined as trust. There has to be a step out on to nothing in order to land on something.
That is difficult for our time-bound human minds to really get around. We assume we have no time for the risk on the incredible call God places on our lives. But as Christians, we are not products of time. We are products of eternity and that is a reality we need to reminded of from time to time.
But in James 4 we are told, "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a a little while and then vanishes."
We are reminded that all the things you build in your precious time are passing. Your entire life and everything you wrap your life up into is a vanishing mist.
That project you have invested so much time in? Mist
That entire ministry you built from the ground? Mist
How big is your church now? Mist
How is business lately? Mist
How is employee and costumer satisfaction? Mist
That relationship you think is (and may be) "the one"? Mist
That child you have wrapped up your entire life into?
That... That... That...
None of these things are wrong or unimportant. They are simply mist.
It is important to remember this when we consider what keeps us from living life with a faith and trust in Christ that may not fit into our perimeters for how life should work or play out.
We cannot continue using a misty world's indicators as to whether or not we are successful.