Have you ever regretted not making a move or taking a chance because you didn’t feel brave enough? It always seems best to us to take the path leading to the least discomfort. We may even go as far as refusing opportunities presented to us because it requires a certain amount of bravery. It requires leaving our comfort zone.
Sometimes we may even walk in disobedience because of this. We hear the holy spirit prompting us to do something but because it will take us into areas of uncertainty we put it aside. We tell god not now, maybe later when I feel more secure about it. We may even delay walking in purpose because brave steps are required.
What characterizes a brave person?
Is it that they have no fear doing the things others consider as fearful? Or is it that they are just willing to take a chance in spite of the fear they feel? We tend to assume that being brave for those who take risks is easy, it isn’t.
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine whose work I admire. I was telling him how I admire how action-oriented he is. He proceeded to tell me how difficult he found it to do so. But the key thing he shared with me was that he did it in spite of how he felt. Even if he was afraid, he took action anyway. His example is a great one for all of us I believe.
Margie Warrell in her article for Forbes Magazine says this about bravery, “building bravery is a little bit like building muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it gets (likewise, the less you use it, the more it atrophies). In fact the more often you ‘train the brave’ with little opportunities and challenges each day, the better equipped you’ll be to respond courageously when the really big challenges arrive”.
It is much like exercising out faith.
By taking bold steps for God we trust that he will back us up. The more we do it the more our faith grows.
Being brave is not the absence of fear. It simply means you are willing to try though you feel fear. Each brave step makes the next one easier. So, what do you say? Shall we make this a year full of brave steps?
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