By Katherine White
What is the most courageous thing you have ever done? For me, it came in the form of letting go of my past. The identities we form over time, the people we become day after week, after month, after year may start to branch in many directions. Pruning can be painful, but necessary over time.
Have the courage to pick up those sheers and cut out some aspects of who you may find yourself to be turning into. Are you willing to lose a few relationships? Will you kick that bad habit today? Trust that God sees our sacrifices and blesses us accordingly. He wants us to reflect Him and He gives us the courage to! “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philip. 4:13.
Last year I found myself in a whirlwind of bad choices and negative relationships that altered my identity into someone I didn’t like. So, I took the courage to get rid of my iPhone and fall off the face of the earth for a long time in order to find myself again and find an identity in God. I didn’t tell my friends, I got rid of all social media too. Let me tell you, this took some courage. God gave me the strength to do it and come out a lot better than I ever was before though! I have been blessed because of the courage I took to make sacrifices.
Courageous decisions can mean really setting yourself apart, getting out of your comfort zone, but you are never without God. In fact, sometimes the further you get from the world, the closer you get to God.
Asking for God’s guidance, listening for His direction, and -the tough part- obeying His call takes courage! The best place to find courage, if you need to feel empowered, is the Bible. Here are some verses that will Spark your courage.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you… The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31: 6 & 8 New International Version (NIV)
“Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Joshua 10:25 New International Version (NIV)
“David also said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 New International Version (NIV)
“Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14 New King James Version (NKJV)