As I watch bull riders tie themselves to untamable animals and burst out of the chute hoping for an eight-second ride, I think of us.
Life sometimes feels like we draw the bull that’s never been ridden for the full eight seconds. We twist and turn, legs flailing, desperate to keep our seat; and then we fly through the air, land with a thump, and maybe receive a stomp from that 1,800-pound bull.
Those cowboys get on that bull again and again. Tenacity has more to do with bravery than being fearless.
Be tenacious. Whatever God has called you to do, do it with tenacity. Don’t give up. Get back on again. Take the re-ride. Challenge the clock.
Bravery isn’t defined by what you feel or don’t feel, but by Christ at work in you to do the work that he’s placed before you. These 10 ways are small shifts in your thinking and attitude that can make a difference in living a brave life.
Smile because Christ holds your future in his hands. Capture your thoughts and make them obedient to Christ. Be grateful that God never leaves you nor forsakes you. Do the next thing because God desires us to be faithful in the small.
Rely on God’s strength, because his strength is stronger than your greatest ability. Find security in the depths of the father’s love for you. Know that your victory is assured, either this side of heaven or beyond.
Don’t wait for the feeling of courage, but take it and own it because you can. Stop fearing failure and embrace obedience. Let go of perfection and get back up again when you fail. Be brave, my friend.
Jessica Van Roekel is a woman on the journey to wholeness through brokenness. She believes that through Christ, your personal histories don’t have to define your present or determine your future. Her greatest desire is to see you live this “God-life” with all the power and grace that God provides. Jessica lives in a rural community with her husband and four children. She leads worship on Sundays but seeks to be a worshiper every day. You can connect with her at www.welcomegrace.com and on Facebook: www.facebook.com/yourJessicaVanRoekel
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