Ringing in my ears is this message: be brave.
Be brave in relationships, life, and school; be brave in the face of fear. Be brave in love. Be brave enough to see yourself as valuable. Brave enough to let people see the true you- your heart. Be brave and post on the blog. Be brave and press forward no matter what opposition stands in the way, for you have One who will fight for you. Be brave and trust.
That sounds great right? Wouldn’t it be nice if it were just that easy?
It’s not always easy though; it can be a battle. So what exactly does it mean to “be brave”?
C.S. Lewis gives a warning as he explains in Mere Christianity, “Many a man has overcome cowardice, or lust, or ill-temper, by learning to think that they are beneath his dignity—that is, by pride. The devil laughs. He is perfectly content to see you becoming chaste and brave and self-controlled provided, all the time, he is setting up in you the dictatorship of pride.”
Therefore, we must be very careful how we learn to deal with our fear. The easiest way to deal with it is not the way to freedom.
A scene from NCIS comes to mind. Ducky, the NCIS autopsy specialist, has been called up by this psychopath who wants to kill the team, but ultimately the leader, Gibbs. This guy who calls is holding someone hostage and asks Ducky to come and save the hostages’ life. Ducky drives there selflessly and even though he knows there is a gun on him is completely relaxed. If he is given the chance to undermine this man’s evil goal he takes it readily, but otherwise Ducky just rolls with the guys’ plan. I can’t really determine what Ducky was trusting in (it’s just a tv show!), but none-the-less, he was trusting in something.
Just like Ducky, our goal is not to overpower the situation and make it no longer a problem, but to deal with it in faith. Yes, we have a spiritual battle to fight, but that shouldn’t make us anxious. Our God holds and directs everything and has way more power than Niagara Falls! (If you have seen the Falls, you have some kind of reference point.)
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
– 1 Peter 5:6-11
The song “You Make Me Brave” by Bethel Music is really good!