Born for Boldness

I’m pausing during a stressful night to ask you a question.

What would you do if you were more bold?

I stumbled upon this question while scrolling through my instagram feed, and I’ve been thinking about this question for the past month. I’ve been asking people this question for the last few weeks, and it’s been really interesting to hear their various answers.

Some answers were focused on others. Some said they would tell people when they’re wrong more often; someone said they would interject on behalf of those around them. Some said they would go to downtown Chicago and hand out food to the homeless in the area. Others mentioned making new friends and reaching out to others. A lot were relationship focused, like confessing love or leaving a detrimental relationship.

Some answers were concerned with taking risks and exploring curiosities. Things like skydiving or riding a rollercoaster. Others said they would ask more questions, whether they be addressed to professors or complete strangers.

A majority were focused on one’s inner self and their aspirations. Many told me they would speak up for themselves and share their opinions. They declared they wouldn’t let themselves be treated poorly anymore. Other desires, like changing majors, singing in front of people, and living in the city were explored. A few people said they would be less conscious of other people’s opinions and aim to live a freer life.

Lastly, a few people answered this question according to God’s purpose for them. Some aspired to pray for others more often and go overseas on a mission trip.

So now, I have another question for you:

What is holding you back?

Usually it’s fear. Why do we let fear have such a stronghold in our lives? When we allow fear to have power over our lives, we neglect God’s authority. When we fear, we are indirectly identifying areas where we don’t trust God’s plan and purpose.

I’ve been trying to rid of fear’s grasp on me. Sometimes, I’m a pretty fearful person. I’m afraid of losing people who are close to me; I’m afraid of failing. I’m afraid of disappointing people I love; I’m afraid I’m not doing a good enough job. I’m afraid people around me don’t know they’re loved; I’m afraid I could have done more. I’m afraid to trust people; I’m afraid to be honest. The list goes on and on, and I want to start replacing these fears with declarations. 

For instance, because I am trying to be more bold, I will notice and act upon the needs around me. Because I am trying to be more bold, I will ask to pray for people. Because I am trying to be more bold, I will stand up for people I care about, whether it be my roommates, my friends, or my peers with special needs. Because I am trying to be more bold, I will invite someone to bible study with me.

So this week, I want you to try to be bold. Make some declarations about how you want to be bold in the next few weeks. Do one bold thing this week. Bring up Jesus, invite someone to go to church with you, do something you’ve always wanted to do. Maybe it’s reaching out to someone you haven’t talked to in a long time, maybe it’s serving someone in a specific way. Maybe it’s being honest in some way, shape or form.

Let’s be bold. You were not born to have a spirit of timidity; your fears stop you from following God’s plan for your life. There is freedom found in the Father, and He will give you strength to take those risks. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy to be bold, but try to have some faith and take the first step.

xo.

 

Born for Boldness

“metamorphoō”

For the past two hours, I’ve looked at the verse below and started a post. I’ve erased everything and started again many, many times. I don’t know whether to write about God’s truth, my life, or just straight facts about this verse. I don’t know where I feel called to write. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say, or what truth God is calling me to bring today.

However, I do know I want you to participate and help me write. I want you to leave comments below. I want to hear how God is working in your life; I want you to add on truth at the end. I want to create a community instead of a one sided conversation. I want to call you to participate. Be someone today. Tell me where you’re from, tell me something you need prayer for, tell me something you’ve been thinking about, tell me somewhere you’re struggling, tell me something you’re grateful for, tell me your thoughts on whatever God speaks through me today. Please, participate. Don’t just watch life go by.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

We are called to be in the world but not of the world. We are called to be lights in this dark and broken world. Bright lights don’t need spotlights when they are immersed in darkness.

Be the light. Be different. Be bold. Be strong. Obtain a kingdom mindset. Have urgency. Because we have the luxury of living in modern America, our sense of urgency as diminished, if not disappeared completely. Heaven is real, Hell is real, Jesus is real. Shouldn’t we be more concerned about the lost and searching souls around us? Where is our urgency and compassion? Where is our value for life and desire to point those around us to our Redeemer?

“Be transformed.” He wants to take our brokenness, our pain, our shortcomings, and make them new. The word transformed in this passage comes from the Greek root “metamorphoō,” which sounds extremely close to the word metamorphosis. As a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it obtains a new perspective and grows in its abilities. The caterpillar isn’t even aware of the life of a butterfly. It can’t understand what it’s like to fly or to taste sweet nectar.

God wants to take our simple and flawed life and lead us into a life with Him. A life With God is so much more fulfilling, so much more real, and so much more exciting. A life With God brings you joy and hope. A life With God is absolutely sweet and desirable. A life With God is His will for all of us.

And my friends, God’s will is perfect. He has a plan specifically for you, simply because He loves you. 

He loves you at your worst, your best, your seeking, your hiding. There is no shame when you approach the father. Bring your burdens, bring your honesty, bring your desire for a transformation.

Transformations take time. They can be lonely and confusing. During transformations, you may feel as though you are groping in the darkness. Friends, keep seeking. Seek harder and harder. Return to times where you felt close with God and begin to do the things which brought you to the high you remember. Invite other people into your thoughts and challenges. Be vulnerable.

Even a life With God is going to be challenging. He will constantly grow you and mold you according to His plans for you. He is the potter, and you are the clay. Surrender to your perfect maker and trust His perfect plans. His perfect plans will enable you to “test and approve what God’s will is.” These plans only deepen our relationship with Him.

Remember, God is using you. He is transforming you. He will not give up on you. Do not give up on Him. His plans are greater, and we will grow the most when we are uncomfortable. He intentionally brings you to your knees through trials. He wants you, He loves you, He wants you to want Him. 

Want Him. Seek Him. Trust Him today. 

 

Today’s appreciation post goes to my dear cat lady. OH Melinda, you always make me laugh, and you have such a heart for others. Thank you for finding time amid confusion and chaos to have deep and vulnerable talks about uncomfortable and hard topics. Thank you for your love and the joy you bring with you. Thank you for demonstrating your cats’ incredible talents, and thank you for never leaving me alone. Thank you for sometimes being vegan and encouraging the cafeteria to get soy and almond milk. I support your stance completely. In all seriousness, you are an absolutely lovely human. I love doing life with you, and I can’t wait to see you in person in twoish weeks. You are such a blessing to me. (go follow her blog here!)

“metamorphoō”