What is bravery? Throwing caution to the wind and doing something! Anything really. Taking a risk. Stepping out there and putting it all on the line. It’s exciting and really scary!
God asks us to be brave. He may not use that word but sometimes he has us do things that take us clear out of our comfort zones. A lot.
Go talk to your neighbor. Give the homeless person something to eat. The girl sitting alone in the back of the church looks very lonely-go talk to her. Those are some of the easy ones! Some people (like Abram) are called to leave their home and family and go half way across the known world.
The key to being brave is taking the first step. That’s the hardest part. 6 years ago, at the age of 51, I decided to learn to swim. The hardest part was actually going to the pool for the lessons. There were other hard parts, of course. Putting my face in the water, going in the deep end, things like that. But, I learned to swim! I now love going in deep water. 12 foot deep! One day a friend asked me when I was going to go off the high dive. Challenge accepted! That has now become my description of being brave. Jumping off the high dive. I’ll never forget that day. I walked to the edge of the board, thought about it, said a prayer, and jumped! It was awesome! I’m so glad I did! It was nothing to be scared of!
God has called me to write. He’s called me to teach. And of course, he’s called me to pray for people-in person-laying hands on people and praying for them. Not just chatting with God in the privacy of my room. These are hard things. Things that require bravery. The fear of failure in all of those is strong! Notice what I did right before I jumped off the diving board? I said a prayer. That, I believe, is the key to bravery. Trust in God. Faith that his will is going to be done. No matter what.
I’ve put off the writing. I’m not sure why. I love to write. I just keep getting scared of failure. But God wants me to do this. So I pray, and I write. The same thing happened with teaching and praying. I’ve taught at my women’s group and will again. Hopefully a lot. I pray for people there and even get words from God for them. I trust God and step out of my comfort zone. It’s even more awesome than jumping off that high dive!