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Brave Looks Likes {#write31days}

All month I’ve been writing about #livingbrave, and I hope you’ve taken away a few things.

  1. Your brave is your brave. Don’t compare to anyone else, because your brave decision was created for you, by a God who has plans for you.
  2. Your brave is important.

We get bogged down by seeing other people make big, crazy brave decisions. I’m talking “sell everything you own and move your family to a remote village somewhere” brave. And even though it should encourage us and we should be rejoicing with that family, sometimes it’s hard. Because we’re left standing there with our everyday-brave decisions, and we feel insignificant.

As if our own hard-fought brave decisions are meaningless.

Oh friends, it’s not meaningless. You couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Brave looks like moving halfway around the world with a posse of kids and a few suitcase. It’s true.

But brave also looks like the mom who is pouring out her heart and soul, tending to her child who survived against all odds, and yet still has so far to go. This momma, who refused to believe the doctors who told her Baby Q wouldn’t make it, and instead put her faith in the God who delights in miracles.

Brave looks like the lovely young lady who chose to stay and embrace an unconventional post-college lifestyle, standing strong in God’s plan for her.

Brave looks like the woman who wakes up each day to living with an invisible illness, and shows how to thrive when life throws a few stones at you. This woman, who pushes on despite the pain and weariness, because life is worth living to the fullest, even in difficult seasons.

Brave looks like the church that planted in beaten-down, small-town Iowa, even though there was no logical reason to go there. And eight years later, brave looks like the same church that is radically changing eternity for thousands and shines bright in a community battling darkness and addiction.

Brave looks like you, sitting there reading these words. Pondering what brave God is calling you to. Or maybe pushing aside the calling because you know you can’t do it.

That’s a lie.

Brave looks like standing up and standing strong when everything points to “no” and saying “yes” to a faithful God.

[bctt tweet=”Brave looks like you, because you are brave.”]

Maybe your brave decision was finishing this post and doing some soul searching.

-Jen


 

31 Days: Living BraveThis post is part of my #write31days series for 2015: Living Brave. Each day in October, I will be posting about living brave and what that looks like in everyday life. Curious about 31 Days? Check out the website and the hundreds of other bloggers joining in this year: 31 Days.

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One thought on “Brave Looks Likes {#write31days}

  1. Love your examples friend, So much THIS: “Brave looks like you, sitting there reading these words. Pondering what brave God is calling you to. Or maybe pushing aside the calling because you know you can’t do it.”

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