What does it mean to be bold? Recently, this question has been prodding me into reconsidering how I live and what I do. For the longest time, I considered boldness something only knights could accomplish.
I saw boldness as something only my outgoing friends could do. I saw boldness as a foreign land… an action I could never have the courage to do… and yet when I published my book on October 25, 2015, I realized that boldness was all of these things and also none of them.
From publishing a book, I unearthed the real meaning of being bold. On a surface level, boldness can include the “courageous” actions like speaking in front of a crowd, doing something new, being vulnerable, etc. But it’s also more than that… It’s more than its dictionary definition. It’s more than taking that step forward.
Boldness is stepping out with a purpose in mind. It’s not only being confident in your identity… It’s being confident in who God made you to be. Boldness is hard to adopt BECAUSE we do not believe… in ourselves… in God. We doubt… constantly. We hide… indefinitely. We follow the world like mechanical robots. We shudder at the thought of stepping up and stepping out because… we know we’ll feel eyes on our back. Because we anticipate the judging of others, we feel unready and inadequate. We crush the boldness of our soul and dismiss the childlike faith from our youth. And so we stay silent… because naturally, we don’t want to stand out.
A month ago, my small group discussed the necessity to clean out our thought closets. In other words, getting rid of the negative identities we wear like “I’m worthless”,”I’m not enough”, or “I’m not beautiful”. As we discussed these thoughts, I came to the conclusion that really… we cannot be bold unless we believe in the identities God has chosen for us. We cannot be bold unless we believe in what God calls us to be. He calls us his “Beloved”, his “children”, and his “chosen ones”. And for each of us, he has given unique qualities. Some of us are smart. Others are beautiful. A few of us are thinkers. Some are expressive. Others are outgoing. Some love openly. Others show compassion in little things.
As I decided to do something bold… I came to realize that boldness comes from knowing that, in reality, God has chosen everyone of us to race the great race.
Boldness is “not letting others look down on you”(1 Timothy 4:12). Boldness is knowing God can do the “impossible”(Luke 1:37). Boldness is setting an “example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity”(1 Timothy 4:12). Boldness is Christ. It is being vulnerable so that others may see God’s love. It is being uncomfortable so that others see you’re human… you’re like them. It does take courage, faith, and confidence but God doesn’t force you to build such difficult qualities alone. Being bold… is finding yourself in God. It’s doing the hard things with and in God.
Looking forward into the new year, I want to be bold and I know every one of you do too. I’m as scared as you but at the same time I’m excited. As this new year begins… as this scary new year that’s pregnant with unknowns and possibilities starts, I end this particular blog post with my verse for the year:
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” ~ 1 Timothy 4:12 NIV
1 – Global Leadership Summit 2015 – Rookie Smarts, etc.
2 – Bible
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