Obey seems like a lofty word, doesn't it? Those of us who are married are called to "obey" our spouse. Children are called to "obey" their mothers and fathers. It seems so thumb-down, controlling. Obedience is greater than the rote memorization of the laws that define what's right. This freeing act is where we shed those defining laws and wrap ourselves in God's greater plans.
I am in the thick of Angie Smith's Bible study, Seamless. She is a fantastic teacher, and so down-to-earth. The women in this study are warriors, they are my heart sisters, and we are walking out our faith one misstep at a time owning God's grace through it all. I am so blessed by them. Today we discussed times we have had to choose obedience to God over concern for what others think of us, and I believe this is a heavy hand that many of us struggle to hold tightly.
Being obedient is often our greatest act of bravery. Later we will delve into the people of the Bible who d...
So my great idea wasn't very original... I did some research. There are so many people searching for their version of everyday bravery. So, so many. Google it. It made me wonder, why is it so hard? It's tough for all of us to be brave- and yet, it isn't as hard as we make it.
I kept going. I asked a few teenagers what it meant to them to be brave. What things require bravery? Here are a few from that list:
- Sharing my story (testimony)
- Talking to a boy
- Auditioning for something
- Try-outs (sports)
- Telling a friend you're mad
See the theme here? I always say my teenagers, especially in middle school, feel like the world is black and there's a spotlight shining ONLY on them. It's tough. Sometimes just leaving the house feels brave when all eyes are on you (or so it seems). Many adults never lose that. When did brave go from swimming with sharks to simply speaking their minds? When did it stop being easy and get so hard?...