High Rollers

I remember looking up the term “high roller” a couple years back as I heard someone I know has that status in Vegas. That was my introduction to the term. 

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Last year, as a friend was establishing a business model that would attract very high-end, high-maintenance clients I remarked to said friend, “You are a high roller, now!” I meant that in a spiritual way as well as a business person who was taking a calculated risk to do something big. 

I had so much fun watching the process and discussing elements of it. 

And let’s say, they attracted a client as their first that surpassed their wildest expectations. 

These high rollers hit the target while relying on the peace of God and His wisdom in taking risks. God adventures in the business world! 

Many of you may fall into the “high roller club.” Not necessarily because of your gambling or business risk-taking but rather because of the audacious risks you take following God. You follow Him in little ways that no one ever knows about and you do some things that appear wild to others, as you follow God and pursue sweeping God-given dreams. 

Forgive my ignorance since I have never literally gambled, nor been to Las Vegas. Clearly I am not an expert. However I am an expert in other ways.

I have studied, as well as observed, and I have assisted many people who step out and do prodigious ventures. They possessed huge dreams, they did their planning, and then jumped in to do the plan in partnership with God.

I’ve seen a lot. They go to other countries doing ministry, start businesses, design products, start organizations, volunteer and mentor, write books, create art, make movies, do television programs, radio, digital media, comedy, and so much more.

Every time they step out they meet some resistance; they know they are taking risks. It is more than clear to them–and others that the rope ladder could leave them dangling unless they have it tied right and they are confident of the climb.

They do risk failure. They risk judgments by others. They risk the fact they may have taken the wrong path. They risk money, time, and reputation. At first they are wobbly. Some don’t get past that stage.  Others get knocked over like a inflatable punching bag they spring back up. They step forward even when they are afraid but somehow they grab a hold of the courage that God extends from His hand and Word. As people start seeing them have elements of success, they then get more support. 

Things start happening. The learning curve and adjusting things along the way is part of the process. And it takes some time to hit the markers. But it happens. If…they don’t give in and give up. 

Are you a high roller or are you called to be? Do you desire to do big things because it is in you to do so? Has God developed a level of faith in you and acumen in the area you are to go? What is stopping you from being a high roller? 

Photo Credit: Me with High Roller nail polish sent as a gift from High Roller, Herself.

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Follow the Trail Back

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The Broken Vas by Emile Munier (1840-1895)

You have to look at the whole trail behind you to know where you are going.

That doesn’t really make since in the natural, does it?

It’s true. To see where you are going and where your best destination is, you have to look all the way back as far as you can. Say what?

We know better. We are told to forget the past, move forward, don’t look back…truth also.

We can’t live in the past but doesn’t each day give us our form and our shape—for better or for the worse?

Awe, the better—our cherished memories, best experiences, educational highlights, trips, good relationships…happy times!

Or ouch, the worst—our painful experiences, failures, stupid people pain, sickness, heartaches, missed opportunities…discomforts, to say the least!

I am not suggesting camping out with all the negatives nor resting on the laurels of the positives. However, those things have made you and shaped you as who you are now and, they have molded you for the future which you will step into.

As I consult with people I have to dig into their past. If I don’t I can’t help them see their future. Don’t get me wrong, I am not going to take people into their deep heartaches. Yet it is telling and wise to understand those painful seasons which often birth passions resulting in caring for others in world changing ways.

But, what has broken your heart in the past that still fuels a passion for change?

Yet in the positives your life has left a breadcrumb trail leading back to the origins of your skills, purposes, and the things that make you come alive and sparkle. When you light up or delight in what you are doing it also delights others and solves problems!

I have lots of things that I love to be part of or to do. A favorite of mine is helping others to jump into their purposes and delights. Of course there is order and wisdom and timing and all that—but it is a thrilling thing to be part of.

Tell me, what makes your heart sing and what brings you joy in the present and in retrospect?

One of my favorite things as soon as I was old enough was the make up department in a local pharmacy. My first career: Cosmologist, hairstylist, nail tech, mullet cutter…

Look for the trails. There will be a convergence between those things you love, your past, your skills, careers, and callings and that will be the most exhilarating and useful spot to be.

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