When I was an elementary school age kid, our church took the children to a camp in the mountains of Southern California called Indian Village. We did all things to represent the beautiful culture of the Native American people. We literally slept in teepees. We wore the clothes we identified as authentic to the original. My mother was never able to keep me out of moccasins after that experience- moccasins became my go to shoe even as I grew into a teenager. We sang and heard stories around the campfire while sitting on logs. I taught the same fun songs to my own children when they were young. I learned to weave baskets, to shoot a bow and arrow. It was a total game changer for me, part of my identity. I loved and still love all things Indian. Part of my family heritage is being a 16% Native American. I totally embrace the person God created me to be.
We are each created in the image of the almighty God. As believers, we are more than conquerors, joint heirs with Jesus Christ… Deeply loved children. We have every reason to be brave. Why do we shrink away in fear at the challenges of our lives? We are mighty warriors, brave, strong and true. Why are we so afraid? The problem is, we live like we have lost this battle. Being brave doesn’t just happen; it is developed over time as a pattern of our lives…. It is a walking faith expressed one choice at a time. It’s a battle and I’m all in- pushing forward through the darkness to the light. I’ve heard it said ‘the only predictable thing about life is its unpredictability.’ You can count on that being true.
When our grandson, Samuel was born this year he was unexpectedly taken to the NICU. What happened? Everything had been perfect in pregnancy and delivery, but the unpredictable happened, he wasn’t well. After the shock wears off we are left with fear. The unknown. We prayed for answers, for healing and for peace- we prayed for our little warrior Samuel to be brave. Knowing Psalm 127:4 is true… “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
Walking moment by moment and trusting our mighty God to be in control. He never fails to come through for us; whatever He chooses is always the best way for us. We are dearly loved children of our father.
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Let these synonyms pour over you…bold, intrepid, daring, dauntless, heroic, courageous, valiant, fearless, gallant confidence, fortitude in facing danger or difficulties. You are strong and brave for one reason: God is with you. He has commanded us to be because he is all those things and more. God never lets go. God never gives up. When we come to the end of ourselves, God is just getting started.
Be Brave today!