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!

  1. Karen says:

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for sharing your perspective on issues of faith. I can see some discussion needs to happen concerning how I interpret these steps of faith and the idea of where faith is placed. For me, all these steps would help me to understand the progression of having faith in myself and in my choices, but I’m not clear how they help me with my faith in God. For me, it is God I’m walking with, via some training I get from great spiritual teachers and friends, but still ultimately, the trust and the faith must rest in knowing my connection to Him. I’m not sure if I’m making sense. I’ll look forward to learning more about this when we’re together.

    Thanks for sharing with me and being so thoughtful in your response.

  2. mark says:

    An honor to share, thank you Karen.

    But what of people who do not have as part of their consciousness (on-going experience) that faith in connection with Him, the believing or the knowing?

    How does that arise? Is it purely miraculous, i.e., like a flash of lightning on a dark night(?), or (assuming it arises from “inside”) is it first uncovered, discovered, cultivated and then nourished?

    Is it communicated or injected from the “outside” . . .

    Or a combination of the two?

    Wonderful musings . . . stopping my finger now . . . happy days . . .

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