"Every child deserves someone to have someone to take a risk on them." My friend, Erin, shared that at our church's adoption meeting last Sunday, and immediate I had to stifle ugly crying. I was holding her foster-to-adopt son in my arms, thinking about our own 2 kiddos and their unknown stories, and just lost it.

Erin's right. EVERY CHILD deserves someone - especially Christians - to have someone risk something for them. No child deserves to be orphaned. No child deserves to be abandoned. No child deserves to live in abuse or malnutrition or poverty. But someone has to take a risk on their little lives in order for those wrongs to be righted and their stories changed.

Erin went on to passionately call us toward action, "God doesn't call us to protect our hearts. He calls us to risk and take a chance on someone who might not have anyone else to risk on their behalf." Truth. Someone has surely taken a chance on you - relationally, vocationally, financially. And after we take a risk, who knows what God might do with their life!??! When I think about our 2 Ethiopian kiddos, their little lives are already implicitly changing our lives...and we haven't even met them. And they deserve for us to take a chance on them. For better or worse.

Later last week, I saw this video about Apple founder, Steve Jobs. If you don't watch the whole thing, just watch the first few minutes.

Take a risk today.


April L. Diaz

April has been a visionary activist her entire life. She has made it her mission to lead high performing teams and develop leaders in the margins of society while caring for our bodies, mind, and spirit. Secretly, she’s a mix of a total girly girl and a tomboy, and is still crazy about her high school sweetheart, Brian. Together, they co-parent 3 fabulous kiddos and live in Orange County, CA.