TAKE A RISKHughes it Or Lose it?

When was the last time you took a risk?

An old preacher once said, “Faith is spelled: R-I-S-K.” And I’m beginning to agree. You see, I am the only boy in the family. But growing up I was the coward. My sisters were strong, courageous women, and I was terrified of Michael Jackson’s Thriller video (couldn’t even hear it on the radio).

As a young boy, I was afraid of heights, lake water, frogs, shadows and public speaking. Now, I have overcome all those fears.

Except frogs.

My nature is to be cautious, reserved and nervous. Somewhere along the line God the Father gave me the gift of faith. I use to think I had to make myself be courageous and then I discovered that it was an available download from heaven.

“Great faith doesn’t come out of great effort, but out of great surrender.”

— Bill Johnson

You have to understand that I’m not talking about extreme sports type risks (although I love those and have tried some). What I’m really talking about is day-to-day courage. The courage to go after your passions. The audacity to pursue the girl of your dreams. The boldness to have the difficult conversation, which feels like a confrontation but has the potential to restore lost relationships.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

Some people think that the difference between success and failure is knowledge. Others believe that it’s in the planning and preparation or timing and fortune. But I have discovered that the difference between doing something great and not doing something great is whether I am doing anything at all.

We can live by this: Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise.

This is a win-win!

So let me give you 6 simple steps to start living like a risk-taker:

1. Always go with your passions.

Your heart is screaming your destiny. The things that wake you up in the morning (or keep you up at night) are sending you a message. Stop ignoring their signals. Start pursuing that career, that art program, that mission field. And listen to your frustrations!

“You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you”. –Marissa Mayer

2. Take baby steps

It’s very possible that the magnitude of your dream scares you from beginning. But all you have to do is take one baby step in the direction of your dreams. That first step is the greatest risk you can take.

So define that step. Give it a name and a date. Start speaking it out loud to those you trust. Make yourself accountable for taking it. Then, take it!

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

–Chinese Proverb

3. Don’t judge, just _________.

This was the advice that got me writing, “Don’t judge, just write.” It attacked my shame of having terrible English grammar. It went against everything in me that asked, “Who cares about what you have to say, Carlos?” It was the invitation from heaven to stop judging myself, my audience, my content, even what God had given me to share.

“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To NOT dare is to lose oneself.”

–Søren Kierkegaard

4. Do it for others.

Focus on people; not on earnings, or success, or ministry. If your dreams are about anything but serving others, pursuing your dreams will kill the real you.

So, think about the ways you can make others great. Plan for your ceiling to be someone else’s launching pad. Begin by dreaming your legacy, imagine your followers and see them as the protagonist of the story.

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

(A quote attributed to 3 different American presidents).

5. Embrace your weakness.

Being self-aware is a powerful thing. Because when you know what you’re good at (or really bad at), then you can move forward confidently.

Ask questions. Request feedback from your leaders. Revise your past failures and learn from your mistakes. When you embrace your weakness, your strengths will expose themselves.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ― Howard Thurman

6. Honor yourself.

God thinks your desires are important. He values who you are, what you like, how you feel and what you’re dreaming about. Traditional Christianity told us to die to our passions and desires. But that was usually a rhetoric being preached by leaders that wanted us to live for their passions and desires. We forgive them. We move forward. And we honor who we are.

“Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

― Psalm 37:4

Trust me on this one: If you take risks, you will enjoy life more. It’s that simple. You and I were designed for adventure and abundance. Our spiritual nature is creativity and life. Jesus paid the price so that we would have access to all the goodness of God on earth.

Take a chance on faith. Become a risk-taker.

Because fear looks like wisdom sometimes, but it’s only to those in unbelief.


Carlos is a pastor, a provocative preacher and the author of “Designed for Inheritance”. He also serves as director of Catch the Fire Latin America and Chief Editor at HappySonship.com. Together with his wife Catherine, they have two gorgeous boys and are awaiting a baby girl through adoption.

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You Gotta Jump!

I saw this video by Steve Harvey on my facebook wall and found it to be very powerful. I gave me a new hope and perspective on my life and I now look at him now in a different way… More than just a funny guy. I can relate & sure you will too. – Hughes it

10 Life Lessons People Learn Too Late – Hughes it or Lose it?

Before you know it you’ll be asking, “How did it get so late so soon?”  So take time to figure yourself out.  Take time to realize what you want and need.  Take time to take risks.  Take time to love, laugh, cry, learn, and forgive.  Life is shorter than it often seems.

Here are ten things you need to know, before it’s too late:

  1. This moment is your life. – Your life is not between the moments of your birth and death.  Your life is between now and your next breath.  The present – the here and now – is all the life you ever get.  So live each moment in full, in kindness and peace, without fear and regret.  And do the best you can with what you have in this moment; because that is all you can ever expect of anyone, including yourself.  Read The Power of Now.
  2. A lifetime isn’t very long. – This is your life, and you’ve got to fight for it.  Fight for what’s right.  Fight for what you believe in.  Fight for what’s important to you.  Fight for the people you love, and never forget to tell them how much they mean to you.  Realize that right now you’re lucky because you still have a chance.  So stop for a moment and think.  Whatever you still need to do, start doing it today.  There are only so many tomorrows.
  3. The sacrifices you make today will pay dividends in the future. – When it comes to working hard to achieve a dream – earning a degree, building a business, or any other personal achievement that takes time and commitment – one thing you have to ask yourself is:  “Am I willing to live a few years of my life like many people won’t, so I can spend the rest of my life like many people can’t?”
  4. When you procrastinate, you become a slave to yesterday. – But when you are proactive, it’s as if yesterday is a kind friend that helps take a load off your back.  So do something right now that your future self will thank you for.  Trust me, tomorrow you’ll be happy you started today.  Read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
  5. Failures are only lessons. – Good things come to those who still hope even though they’ve been disappointed, to those who still believe even though they’ve tasted failure, to those who still love even though they’ve been hurt.  So never regret anything that has happened in your life; it cannot be changed, undone or forgotten.  Take it all as lessons learned and move on with grace.
  6. You are your most important relationship. – Happiness is when you feel good about yourself without feeling the need for anyone else’s approval.  You must first have a healthy relationship with yourself before you can have a healthy relationship with others.  You have to feel worthwhile and acceptable in your own eyes, so that you’ll be able to look confidently into the eyes of the people around you and connect with them.
  7. A person’s actions speak the truth. – You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times; but in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by.  So pay attention to what people do.  Their actions will tell you everything you need to know.
  8. Small acts of kindness can make the world a better place. – Smile at people who look like they are having a rough day.  Be kind to them.  Kindness is the only investment that never fails.  And wherever there is a human being, there’s an opportunity for kindness.  Learn to give, even if it’s just a smile, not because you have too much, but because you understand there are so many others who feel like they have nothing at all.  Read Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
  9. Behind every beautiful life, there has been some kind of pain.– You fall, you rise, you make mistakes, you live, you learn.  You’re human, not perfect.  You’ve been hurt, but you’re alive.  Think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, and to chase the things you love.  Sometimes there is sadness in our journey, but there is also lots of beauty.  We must keep putting one foot in front of the other even when we hurt, for we will never know what is waiting for us just around the bend.
  10. Time and experience heals pain. – Several years ago when I askedmy grandmother about overcoming pain, this is how she explained it to me:  Look at the circles below.  The black circles represent our relative life experiences.  Mine is larger because I am older and have experienced more in my lifetime.  The smaller red circles represent a negative event in our lives.  Assume we both experienced the same exact event, whatever the nature.  Notice that the negative event circles are the same size for each of us; but also notice what percentage of the area they occupy in each of the black circles.  Your negative event seems much larger to you because it is a greater percentage of your total life experiences.  I am not diminishing the importance of this event; I simply have a different perspective on it.  What you need to understand is that an overwhelmingly painful event in your life right now will one day be part of your much larger past and not nearly as significant as it seems.

Negative Life Experiences


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