Be Brave

I recently finished a wonderful book about bravery. Let’s All Be Brave, by Annie Downs. (Totally recommend it) I learned so much and I have been dying to share all she wrote about.

When we think of Jesus, we think of the love and sacrifice of our savior. But rarely do we think about bravery. We all know that He is our strength and through Him anything is possible. So what?

I’ll tell you what. Be brave. It’s our calling.

Wait for the Lord, be strong and courageous. – Psalm 27:14

We all have that one thing. You know, that thing you dream of doing but talk yourself out of because it just sounds completely ridiculous. Or that situation you know you have to face, but refuse to. It’s time to be brave, ya’ll.

“I shouldn’t believe in me…I get lost. I am not perfect. I believe in the me God made and in the me God can make.” That’s the game changer. 

That’s where our courage comes from, believing in the you God made. He is the same God who created the heavens, the mountains, the perfect sea. He made no mistake making you. We are made in his image. (Genesis 1:27) God’s image! HIS. IMAGE. He can do anything, so can you.

Bravery is different for everyone. We all have our ideas of what “being brave” means. Now, your thing may not be flying across the world to be a missionary, it could simply be to be a stay at home mom (that’s really brave), or sit next to the new kid at lunch. God made our desires unique, so that we may each contribute to the world. Who would save kids in America if everyone was a missionary? Who would teach kids if everyone was a pastor? Who would financially support adults? For some, bravery may be giving up and letting go. You may think you’re losing everything, but God is giving you the world. He is working, in disguise, to bless you in ways you never imagined. He’s going to surprise you, challenge you, and most of all, love you. Cling on to Him dearly.

Say yes. You never know what’s on the other side of that yes. Failure? Possibly. But there is so much failure in the bible… followed by more bravery… and more of God. Live life to the best of your abilities, with every chance He gives us.

The groom says yes.
The pregnancy test says yes.
The college acceptance letter says yes.
Say yes to the gym.Say yes to the open door.Say yes to the situations that stretch you and scare you and ask you to be a better you than you think you can be. 
Say yes to the moments that will only come once.
Say yes to Jesus in every way — every chance you get. 

Annie Downs

“Yes” changes everything. God will work wonderfully with you when you finally say yes. But even if He doesn’t, not just yet, even if He makes you wait, still praise Him. Wait on Him. Hold on a little longer. That’s bravery, too.

Because. There’s always going to be a why. You’ll see it when a little kid looks up at you and smiles brightly. Or when you change the life of someone in need. Or when you’re smiling on the way to work. Be brave.

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