Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation.
God always calls us to do the impossible. He wants to throw us in way over our heads, where He can make us successful according to His definition of success, rather than let us accomplish our own inevitably limited version of the vision.
To play it safe is the most risky decision we could make. To risk is the safest decision we can make with God. No matter the short-term implications, we must obey God with reckless abandon.
Your goals must always be beyond your ability but within your faith.
Do you know what hurts so very much? It’s love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies, too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.