Here on All Saint’s Day, I thought it might be fun to explore the idea of risk. After all, every choice is risky. Whether you aspire to align your life and your spirit with those things that could strengthen your saintly status (one you’ve actually already gained, but not on your own) or whether you walk life’s paths with no thought of such things, the results are a rich mosaic of the choices you make.
When I first came to Costa Rica, leaving my friends, my family, my old life behind, it was a risk. I didn’t know what to expect, if I could succeed, whether I could fit in, or even if I’d like it, but by the grace of God I answered a call to come here and it’s been one of the best decisions of my life. I say this not because it’s a beautiful country and the people are warm and inviting, though they are. It’s not just because I love my work or my new friends either. It’s because this step, this choice made in faith has groomed me. It took me out of my comfort zone, out of my old life, out of the me who thought I actually knew who I was and presented a new me.
Cecil Beaton said, “Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” Well, I don’t know if I accomplished all that, but I know that treating life as though everything is risky isn’t a bad thing. It forces you to look at it from all sides, take a deep breath and really jump in and learn to swim in places you might never have imagined. It gives you the freedom to grow and get to know yourself.
So for all you “saints” out there today, I say God is with you in all your choices, applauding every step, presenting options, building hope in your heart and bidding you to come. Come closer to all that He knows you can be, take a little risk, dare to be different, and help the world around you to be different too. It’s a gift and I will forever be grateful to my life in Costa Rica for helping me see that. This growing business is risky…but it’s life-saving too. Can’t wait for my next adventure. Let’s go together!