Risk Management: How Are You Managing Your future?

What’s the Risk?

Ultimate Risk Management - A Studio 1-37 original imageThe catastrophic results of Hurricane Harvey continue to impact the lives of many people. There is a great risk for anyone who lives in an area prone to flooding and places that have the potential to be affected by hurricanes or other natural disasters. Although many businesses in these areas are seeing the devastation, the impact in big business as seen through the financial markets has virtually been unaffected. According to Paul Martyn, a Forbes contributor, even though Houston is an important factor in economics and its supply chains are currently shut down, the big business players of the area such as the petroleum and chemical companies are carrying on business as usual. Apparently, these companies, some of America’s largest, had in effect an excellent risk management plan. They thought through, planned, and implemented so that events like Harvey wouldn’t cast them in the losers’ seats.

Are Eskimos Part of Your Risk Management Plan?

What about you? Do you have a risk management plan for your life? Where do you turn when the stakes become high? There was a man who went to Alaska. After he was there for a few months, he ran into the local priest, who asked how he was doing. The man replied, ”Father, I hate to tell you this, but I’ve lost my faith in God and the power of prayer.” ”Why is that?” the priest asked politely.

”Because,” the man said, ”a few weeks ago while hunting in the Alaskan wilderness, I became separated from my friends. It was terrible! I was out there all alone and in danger of freezing to death! So, I prayed and prayed to the Lord to save me, but nothing happened.” The priest was quite confused and finally said, ”But you are here now telling me this story, so obviously you were rescued.” ”Oh, yes,” the man said, ”but the Lord had nothing to do with it…I was saved by an Eskimo!”

It appears that the man’s faith in his risk management plan wasn’t very strong yet even in its weakness it worked. Many times, we too, are often blind to the see the hand of God thinking that an ”Eskimo” saved us too. But even a simple and unsophisticated risk management plan will pay for itself when a catastrophe occurs. A Christian places faith as their risk management plan for the future. We often get out of a plan what we put into it but many of us go into our risk management plans rather haphazardly as if they may or may not work.

Sowing and Reaping

When we expect little, the results are often just what we planned for. We want to expect great things from God but don’t want to attempt great things for God. With this mindset in place, the result is often a risk management plan that seems shaky and more at risk of a disaster than not. It is only through the faith of a Christ-centered risk management plan that we can move forward allowing the risks to fall to the wayside.

If we put our trust and faith in the Lord we can lose our fear and our discouragement when disaster comes upon us. This is because we thought ahead and prepared for our future. Because God knows the future He can both move ahead of us and yet stay with us. It is only by faith that security belongs to us for He will neither fail or abandon us if we follow Him.

With your risk management plan secure with God you neither have to doubt your future or your decisions. It is with His security that you can rest assured that even if you make a bad or wrong decision that through forgiveness He will set your path straight and remain by your side through it. For there is nothing on earth that can harm your future. For your future is secure when you place all the risks with Him who knows all. He will manage your life if you allow Him.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

The Expert in Risk Management

Living a life that allows God to be the manager is replacing risk with faith management and knowing that there is no future without Him. This requires a life that lives close to God following His commands, ways, and teachings. But it allows you to live courageously and fully in an abundant earthly life knowing that a future free from problems awaits.

Setting up a risk management plan with God requires you to step out fully in faith. But the risks then disappear no matter the circumstances for there is no risk with Him in control. This allows you to live a life free from fear or discouragement. For you know that He is always with you guiding you along the way.

Can you really afford to face losses in your life alone? Investing in your future is the only wise thing to do as most experts will agree. Allowing the Holy Spirit to manage your risk management plan is the only way to see security in the end.

So, won’t you challenge yourself to put Christ in charge of your risk management plan? Be convicted by your faith to move forward in life living only for Him. Find your motivation in knowing that even with your mistakes God still moves ahead and helps you get through the rough circumstances along the way. Allow the comfort of knowing that He who loves you so deeply is with you always.

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

From my perspective, it’s really risk management to ensure that humans have the ability to go somewhere else in case there was to be some huge disaster on Earth.

Gwynne Shotwell

Do you have somewhere else to go in the end? Have you helped others see the benefits of a faith-filled risk management plan?

Extra Study

Joshua 1:9, Matthew 10:28, John 16:33, Philippians 4:13, 2 Timothy 1:7

Credits
Martyn, P. (2017, September 1). Hurricane Harvey Demonstrates Progress In Enterprise Risk Management. Retrieved September 1, 2017, from Forbes.com: https://www.forbes.com/sites/kyocera/2017/08/10/five-common-workflow-problems-and-how-to-solve-them/#978c54857cb9

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