Business Man with TabletAssessing risk and return is an unavoidable practice in the workplace; indeed, in every part of life. From corporate executives to fathers and mothers, it is hard to imagine any leader making any decision without first determining the potential consequences.

Almost every decision has some measure of risk and return. The objective is to minimize the former, and maximize the latter. As with most things, some are better at this than others. These tend to be the most successful in their field.

Risk management has become an industry unto itself – primarily aimed at the business and government sectors. However, people take risks everyday in every area of life; and it would be helpful for every leader, in every sphere, to regularly consider the risks of their decisions on their spheres of influence.

In one way or another, we will be held accountable for the risk we introduce into the lives of others.

The Workplace Leader, who is also a follower of Jesus Christ, has an advantage in this area – if they are willing to pursue it. That advantage is the word and wisdom of God.

Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5

God understands the risk He is taking with us in each of our assignments; and He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we can ask or think.

Don’t misunderstand me. God will direct us into what we consider risky situations. This is His way of challenging our faith – our trust in Him. What risks are you willing to take to find the will of God in your endeavors?

Be encouraged: In God’s kingdom, the return always outweighs the risks – exponentially.

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 37:6

One word of caution: Unless you hear it specifically from Him, do not presume to know the return God intends. This is a dangerous practice. It is enough to know that the return will be the best for us; and for the people we are privileged to lead.

Workplace Ministry Tip: Do not be deceived into thinking the risk is too great (this is a common trick of our minds); and do not doubt the return God has promised. Finally: “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way…” (Psalm 37:7). Keep your eyes and ears focused on God. Let me know how I can help (

Humbly yours and Forever His,