For some of us being bold conjures up a whole host of ideas like deciding to go sky diving, bungee jumping off of a bridge, or donating a kidney. Crazy, spontaneous, and sometimes once in a lifetime BIG decisions. The mere thought of being bold makes most of us want to shrivel back into the simplicity of life where our biggest decision is whether we meet with that friend for lunch at Panera Bread or go to Arby’s like we always do. Let’s face it. Being bold is not for wimps!
But what if we take a breath, relax, and change our approach to bold? Isn’t being bold just about taking the next step? One teensy step? It’s not about getting ahead of ourselves, or talking ourselves out of it by over-analyzing, but making the commitment to be ALL IN for that one NEXT step.
The Dictionary describes Bold as “beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action.” In other words, if we are to be bold, we can’t be our typical “duck for cover” self. After prayerful consideration, and wise counsel, we eventually need to just step out with courage and trust, no matter the potential obstacles. As a follower of Jesus, we have the amazing bonus of knowing we can hold onto His promise in Deuteronomy 31:6:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.”
For me, being BOLD is this blog. It was accepting the invite to be a part of the NorthStar bloggers. Terrifying, but exhilarating. I have been wrestling with the idea of writing for years, feeling the call, and praying for God’s timing. And when God confirmed it in several ways, I knew I could no longer ignore the stirring inside of me. I had to take the next step and accept. So, here I am…. being BOLD!
What picture comes to mind when you think of being bold? Is it bringing a meal to a new neighbor? Is it finding a church home or joining a group study? Or is it taking a chance and asking Jesus to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior? Let’s be terrified together, take the next step, and excitedly wait for what God has in store for us! I can’t wait to hear what being bold means to you in 2018!