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April 4th, 2012 by RabbiMitch63

For without risk there is no faith, and the greater the risk, the greater the faith. Soren Kierkegaard
How often have we been faced with a new opportunity and the first question we ask is, "What is the risk?" The very things we have prayed for; business opportunities, romance, raises, promotions, travel, grandchildren and more pose for us the greatest discomfort. We feel threatened by the unknown in ways that often prevent us from taking that step forward into the unknown opportunity that awaits us. 
As a Rabbi in South Florida I am frequently called upon to assist people in answering these questions. In my capacity as a Spiritual Counselor and Sober Coach I work with people in recovery from addictions and people in search of a deeper connectedness to a Higher Power or God.
One of the first questions I ask is whether there is there truly any risk at all? I think not. What I have come to believe in my own life is that whenever I have the blessings of something new, I know that my faith will elevate me to new heights of glory and success. 
Regardless of the outcome of this new opportunity, my success derives from my faith in taking that step forward into the unknown. I keep learning that if I await my comfort to arrive, chances are pretty good that I will never take any steps in any direction and will in fact choose to live in my own misery.
My life in the past 25 years has at varying times been filled with myriad opportunities to scale new heights. At the beginning of the past 25 years I almost always stood in fear as I had no faith. This resulted in much disappointment in me, hurt toward others and a feeling of emptiness within.
As my faith grew there became an apparent linkage to my increased willingness to leap into the unknown with my arms wide open, my head back and my nostrils flared, ready to inhale all that God (whatever that means) was sending my way.
My prayer for you today is that you not ask what the risks are, but rather trust that whatever is being put in front of you is filled with God's majesty and love and is filled with abundant opportunity. Your faith will get you through, I promise!
Modern and independent South Florida Sober Rabbi with an MSW Degree and 23+ years of sobriety providing Sober Coaching and Addiction/Spiritual Counseling focusing on energizing, affirming, motivating, healing, spiritual guidance and personalized life cycle events. 

If you, a family member or friend are suffering, call me at 954-755-3764 to get the help you deserve.

Hugs and blessings for a joyous day!
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