It’s so easy to shrink back.
It’s easy to say “no”. To hide in the masses. Or to avoid topics you don’t feel like discussing.
I think it’s part of our nature to hide when we disagree, or fade back when our opinion differs from another. And it takes a whole lot of brave to overcome that.
I don’t like confrontation, like most people. I don’t avoid it completely, but if there’s a way around it, I’m all down for that. I’ve been described as diplomatic many times, which isn’t a bad attribute. I can separate my emotions from a situation and dominate Mock United Nations like a boss.
But, seriously, sometimes I think my tendency to be diplomatic is just an excuse to shrink back.
To avoid offending.
And even though it seems like a natural tendency, I don’t believe we are made to live like that.
“We are not of those who shrink back.” –the Bridge
In late summer, my church did a sermon series on being “something different”. All about being different in a world that is searching for hope. And each week, a video played about my church’s mission and what we hope to see happen in my hometown. And the one sentence that still bounces around my brain from that video is this: We are not of those who shrink back.
God created us to worship. To love. To live life.
He didn’t create us to shrink back. Oh no. Rather, He called us to live a bold life in a world afraid of bold.
He didn’t call us to shrink back. He called us to be brave.
Yes, it’s scary. And yes, it’s hard. Some days we can only survive, and we shrink back and fall back. But when we lean into God, we learn the value of not shrinking back. We see the power of living bold. And we understand how our decision to be brave can have a profound impact on those around us.
Because we are not of those who shrink back.
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