31 Days of Brave: Quality

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Gentle Reader,

It isn’t difficult to define bravery. We all know, or at least claim to know, that being brave is linked to our choices. See a little kid on the street, run out and grab her before she gets run over. Boss asks you to do something unethical, you refuse. The Holy Spirit impresses upon your heart to talk to that stranger, you go talk. Courage is even seen in the smaller things, like going to the store without make-up or walking about with the sun bouncing off your bald head.

Choices.

I want to know what compels some people to make the brave choice and what drives others, like me, to make the cowardly one. Would I intervene if I saw someone being abused? I have, and I would. The type of cowardice that I’m talking about…it’s the daily cowardice. The fear of sharing an opinion. The agony of keeping the boat afloat. Brave people have a totally different attitude. They care about others (a mark of courage, in my book) but not to the point of allowing them to become idols. They are comfortable with themselves. Further still, they are deeply reliant upon the Lord.

How does one define this quality that brave people possess? How does one get it?

My journey to faith. (15)

  For all of the posts in the 31 Days: Brave series, go here.

31 Days of Brave: Define

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Gentle Reader,

If it is important to know what bravery is, then it is also important to know what bravery is not.

To be brave is not equal to being a loud-mouth or a bully. I believe that courageous people posses a calmness and resolve of spirit. There is a sense in which they have made their decisions before situations arise. Bullies need to be the biggest, the best, the toughest, the smartest, the prettiest, the most wounded (yes, I do believe that woundedness has become a competitive art). Loud-mouths feel the need to say anything and everything that comes into their minds, whether it is true or not.

Perhaps there is a connection between bravery and wisdom. In knowing when to act and when to speak.

My journey to faith. (15)

  For all of the posts in the 31 Days: Brave series, go here.

31 Days of Brave: Introduction

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Gentle Reader,

Welcome to the 2013 edition of the 31 Days Challenge, hosted by The Nester. The goal of the challenge is to write on one theme every day throughout the month of October. (Full disclosure: last year I pre- and post-dated entries. It will probably happen again). Anyone with a blog can participate. There are no limitations on what you can write about. (My 2012 series). This is a great way to get into the discipline of daily writing, even if you don’t always post that writing. It’s also a great way to discover new blogs, and therefore new friends, as you peruse the linky list.

This year, I am focusing on these words of Jesus:

 Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things. – Luke 10:41b (ESV)

Normally, we look at this brief episode of Martha and Mary from the standpoint of our need to set aside time to sit at the feet of Jesus. To learn from Him. To simply gaze into His face. What we don’t usually address is the extraordinary courage it took for Mary to sit at His feet. Women just didn’t do this. Women just weren’t invited to partake of a rabbi’s teaching. I see Jesus calling Martha to a brave action. It wasn’t wrong for her to make sure that everyone was comfortable and that they were fed. It wasn’t wrong for her to be hospitable. But I think Jesus is telling Martha, in that moment, to let it go. He’s telling her to step out of what she knows and into the uncertainty. Into where He is.

Jesus could just as easily be saying:

Marie, Marie, you are anxious and troubled about many things.

And I think He’s calling me to brave action.

Join me for the next 31 days. Let’s explore together what it means to be brave.

My journey to faith. (15)

  For all of the posts in the 31 Days: Brave series, go here.