All I ever wanted to learn about risk-taking I learned from watching squirrels. They are so busy jumping from limb to limb that they don’t worry about falling. Of course, it’s not falling they have to worry about, but landing. For example, sometimes a squirrel will jump for a branch on a nearby tree, only to miss it and hit the branch below it. When this happens, the squirrel doesn’t have a fit because he came up short of his mark. He keeps on going, because he knows he ended up farther ahead than he would have been if he didn’t jump.

If we looked at following God’s will the same way, we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the unknowns and what-ifs of life. Many people are afraid to serve God because they think something awful is going to happen to them. They think they will fall flat on their faces, ending up miserable and disappointed. The truth is, God may change our plans, but He never gives us less than His best. His will for us is greater than we can even imagine. We just have to make up our minds to jump for it.

Are you afraid of what lies beyond your “security branch”? God may have called you from a promising career to serve Him in full-time ministry. You could be hesitant about it because you don’t know how you will make ends meet, where He wants you to serve, or with whom He wants you to serve. It may seem like a leap of faith because you’re not sure where you will land, but don’t worry—just trust God. He knows the way He has chosen for you. Follow Him, and you’ll end up right where you need to be.

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar. — Helen Keller

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder