If you asked my close friends and family to describe me in a few words, I’m pretty certain brave would not make the list. I’m a creature of habit who appreciates lists, routines and generally playing it safe. I err on the side of caution in most areas of my life and am always thinking of every risk imaginable. I find myself letting fear rule my heart and mind too often and to be frank, I’m over it.
When I sat down to write down my goals for 2018 I realized the word to keep me focused should be the one word that scares me the most: BRAVE.
So here’s what I mean:
- Brave to try new things and welcome new experiences.
- Brave to take chances.
- Brave to step outside my comfort zone.
- Brave to speak the truth with love and humility.
- Brave to trust my gut.
- Brave to face my fears and insecurities.
- Brave to write and share.
- Brave to stand up for the right thing even when it isn’t popular.
- Brave to embrace my weaknesses.
- Brave to live like Jesus in a culture that rejects Him.
- Brave to say no.
- Brave to say yes.
- Brave to leave the past behind me and look to the future with JOY.
- Brave to love big.
It’s about the big and the small braves, the loud and the quiet braves – weaving them into my daily crazy life and becoming the brave mama God has called me to be to raises a brave, confident daughter.
Alright, now cue Sara Bareilles.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7