About Being Brave

It’s not about being stronger or tougher or more in control.  It’s a call to,

“Embrace the God-given courage that lives inside of you.”

The book, Let’s All Be Brave., by Annie F. Downs is an around-the-table or an at-the-coffee-shop type of discussion on life and how to begin,

“Living Life with Everything You Have”.

Let’s face it.  Some days the bravest thing I can do is put two feet on the floor and


Without the possibility of popping in a set of new Energizer batteries, the next best thing is auto-pilot.  You do what you know you need to do, and trying to be brave is not on the itinerary.  So you put one foot in front of the other and


As much as you might tell yourself that it is,

it is not a cop-out.

It is doing what you know to do next when life suddenly takes a turn and your whole world is turned upside down.

It is choosing to put your life in gear–and move forward even when there is uncertainty.

It is trusting God’s got a bigger plan, and that He has already prepared you for the journey.

The pages of this book challenged me:

You just have to start, my friend.  That thing that is whispering on your insides?  That conversation you need to have or that place you need to go?  That job you want to try or that ministry you want to attempt?  That major you want to pick at college or that mission trip you want to go on?

You’ve got to start somewhere.

So do.

Tell somebody you want to be brave.


I really do. I tell myself that all the time.

It’s just that sometimes the whisper in my left ear is different from the one on my right.  So who do I listen to?

The voice in my heart.

As I fill my heart with truth from God’s Word, I am reminded to,

  1. Find my worth in Him and His purposes for me. [Jeremiah 29:11-13]
  2. Look to Him for guidance and direction. [Psalm 25:4-5]
  3. Put my confidence, not in my abilities, but in God’s ability to use me. [Philippians 2:13]
  4. Trust Him, even when I fail, that He is molding me and teaching me, and maybe even preparing me for something more. [Romans 5:1-5

“Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths.  Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.”  Psalm 25:4-5



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