Posted by: Diane | March 26, 2014


My good friend is in the midst of making a big decision.

We’ve had many good discussions and it all boils down to one thing — faith.

Faith involves risk . . . and taking risks involves courage.

My friend appreciated this little note she received yesterday. Perfect timing.

faith without risk

Four years ago, I was faced with a huge decision — do I continue teaching or do I step out in faith, give up my job and start writing?

July 2.2010 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.  Proverbs 13.12 NIV

I was sure of one thing — writing was (and continues to be) my passion.

No question – giving up a salary and a pension to pursue my passion was risky. There were people who questioned my decision — there always is.

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.  James F. Byrnes

. . .but God was leading.

God guides us...

One of the most helpful tools in my decision-making process was a book by Ben Carson entitled, Take the Risk: Learning To Identify, Choose and Live With Acceptable Risk.

The main thesis of this book is that no one will reach his/her fullest potential by avoiding risk.

“We live in a society that is obsessed with safety and risk avoidance. Instead of embracing those risks that lead to greater success, we tend to run from them. If we choose to stay in our comfort zone, we will miss out on life’s greatest adventures, and we will never reach our God-given potential.”

In his book, Carson introduces “The Best/Worse Analysis Formula” and it was a tremendous help to me.

Whether it is deciding on career moves, knowing whether to accept speaking engagements, or discerning which cases to accept, I analyze the risk. How do I analyze risks and arrive at a decision? I use a formula that I designed called the Best/Worst Analysis (B/WA) formula. It is actually quite simple. “What is the best thing that can happen if I do this? What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this? What is the best thing that can happen if I don’t do it? What is the worst thing that can happen if I don’t do it?

It’s a simple formula but it’s powerful. As I ran my decision through this grid, the answer was obvious.


Fast forward four years and I’m still writing . . . and loving it.

Our faith needs to be bigger than our fear.

We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5.7 NIV



  1. I’m so glad you did take this risk. Your blogs are one of the first things I read daily with anticipation. You always have some great nuggets of insight into daily events, from which we can garner treasures to use. We’re all looking forward to reading your books!

  2. Thanks Diane for this gentle reminder. If I believe God has gifted me to do something then I can surrender all with no fear. He is in this. I have said a number of times that if God ain’t in it then neither am I.

  3. Amen to that! Move forward confidently and watch what happens!

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