There’s no formula to how God works through uncertainty. The crazy thing is this: He wants us to put some skin in the game.
In my wrap-up post on the Rejection Series, a couple readers reminded me that the phrase, “skin in the game”, might not be so familiar to some.
What does it mean to put “skin in the game” of faith?
I’ve decided to let you in on what I’m talkin’ about. Hopefully, you’ll ante up and get in on this thing together.
First, let’s look at where this phrase originally came from —
Skin in the Game.
The Game Of Faith
It’s a smart financial investment concept. Executives can talk a good talk. But, if you see them putting their own money on the line — with a stake in the company’s success — it’s a darn good indication of that company’s potential for success.
We Christians can be wary of this type of investment. Especially those like me, who’ve been going to Sunday School, since forever. I’m able to recite verses that say “I trust God” and even offer advice to other folks. Nothing wrong with any of this, actually.
But, if I just talk, without putting my own faith on the line, I’m missing out on seeing God show up in my life.
A Bad Case of “Yeah-But”
Being a faith barista isn’t merely serving up encouragement to others. We can only give what we have ourselves.
We’ve gotta push ourselves out there, taking actions that require risk, to put our “bets” on God to come through — with His plan for us.
We step out in faith.
I know, I know. Maybe you’ve got some reservations.
Maybe you’ve got what I call: A Bad Case of “Yeah-But”.
Yeah… But —
— “My life is pretty good as is. No need to rock the boat.”
What if there is more to life than you know, outside of the boat?
— “I’ve tried it before, and I got burned. Like big time.”
What if God had something bigger, that makes up for your loss?
— “Nothing’s going to change. I’m just trying to survive.”
What if God wants to breathe some new life into you?
— “I don’t even know what it is I want. What can I do?”
What if God knew what you needed and has it ready for you?
— “I don’t want make any mistakes. How embarrassing.”
What if God’s waiting to steer you to the good, once you got moving?
I battle the Yeah–Buts — all the time.
Examples Of The Cure
The cure to “Yeah–But” is kicking it to the curb. Close your eyes, hang on to God, and just step out.
Put some skin in the game.
Sometimes, we invest faith in a percolating dream.
Reader Steph Layton did just that. Steph participated in Faith Barista Friday by writing a post about rejection a couple weeks ago. Inspired by fellow bloggers’ posts, she decided to approach Studio JRU to sponsor her to attend Relevant 2010, a Christian Blogging Conference. To her amazement, the answer was yes.
Other times, faith calls to us in the dark, before the morning.
Consider Reader X, who sat on a bench last week, waiting to walk into divorce court, because her husband gave up on marriage and their two girls. Reader X emailed to tell me*,
“Sitting, waiting for our turn…
I kept saying, ‘I trust you Jesus… I trust in your timing and provision… Lord, get me through this.’
I remained calm. And I cried on the way home.”
Are you as stunned and amazed as I am?
Take a Step
Me? I have two steps on opposite ends of the spectrum, too.
One, I applied for a sponsor to get to Relevant, too. It may not happen, but I’m okay with it.
The important thing is that I’m putting skin in the game. Even if the answer is no, I’m exercising my faith
— believing the chips fall where God tells them to.
As for the other step?… You’ll have to stay tuned.
How can you kick Yeah-But to the curb?
How can you put skin in the game — and step out in faith?
“If we are faithless, he will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.”
~ 2 Timothy 2:13
“As for those who come to me and hear my words
and put them into practice…
They are like a man building a house.. on rock,
When a flood came, the torrent struck that house,
but could not shake it…”
~ Jesus. Luke 6:47
(*) I received permission from Reader X to share her words in today’s post.
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