I am a straight up chicken. I like to weigh my options, pro/con, assess the risk.
But, I also like to dream big, cast the net as far and wide as I can and do brand-new things. This personality combo sometimes leaves me feeling like I've got an angel on one shoulder reassuring me, "You got this!" along with a little devil on the other shoulder saying, "What are you thinking????"
One of our care values at The Hill that we adopted from Life Church says -
We are faith-filled, big-thinking, bet-the-farm risk takers. We'll never insult God with small thinking and safe living.
Easier said than done.
I'm good with taking big risks, but give me my back-up plans at least - you know the "in case this whole church thing doesn't work out, we'll just do this..." plan.
But, to be "all in" with church planting, you can't think like that. The moment there are back up plans and "get out of jail free" cards, you're doomed. You're no longer betting on God's plan and yourself. What you're saying is, "I don't really think this is going to work out, but God told me to do it so I'm giving it a try."
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5
Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. - Matthew 6:34
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. - 2 Timothy 1:7
If you are constantly weighing the risk, you'll end up missing God's reward. And sometimes that reward is simply knowing He is always there for you if you should fall.
When that little devil on my shoulder starts in with the "what ifs" the only thing that will drown him out is God's Word. And some days, I have to sit in His Word all day to make the voice stop because it's so loud and his words terrify and taunt me - failure. failure. failure.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3
But if God cares for the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10), how much more will He care for me?