BRAVE GIRL: THE DEVOTIONAL #3
by ANNA LIND THOMAS
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust;
I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?
In a recent poll, participants ranked a fear of public speaking higher than their fear of death.
Put another way, if we were all at a Joyce Meyer conference and she said, “Hey you, do me a favor - get up on stage and warm up the crowd,” a majority of us would politely go into a back room, lie down, and whisper, “Dear Jesus, it’s been a good run. Take me home now, please. No seriously, Joyce wants me on stage and quite frankly, I’d rather be dead. Hello? I’m still alive - can you hear me? You must be busy. That’s fine, I’ll wait.”
Okay, maybe that’s just what I would do - but the point remains: It’s not speaking in public that terrifies us - it’s what that public might think of us that has us breathing in paper sacks.
When I was in high school, a writing teacher I admired asked for volunteers to go to the front of the classroom and read their short story out loud. Just the mere mention of it had my eyeballs vibrating with anxiety. But instinctively, something in me knew I had to do it. I had to be brave. That somehow, standing up in front of 20 bored teenagers was one crucial step on the path God was leading me toward. I tried to raise my hand, but it went limp.
So, I got radical and did a countdown.
Softly, I whispered, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1!” My hand shot up.
I can’t help but wonder how many dreams are still sitting on shelves, waiting to be lived. How many stairs left unclimbed, how many paths overrun with weeds, how many visions trapped only in someone’s mind - simply because we ranked our fear of man over our God given destiny and purpose.
When we sign up to live our lives full out for God, resistance is part of the deal. And sometimes that resistance will come in the form of unsolicited opinions, haters, bad reviews, or gossip behind our backs. It can be a terrible feeling, but what did we expect? Even greatness has a shadow.
A Brave Girl knows that following God’s lead doesn’t come without consequence and sometimes that consequence is rejection. But she also knows that although she is afraid, like King David, she will trust God anyway.
A Brave Girl knows her identity isn’t grounded in the superficial whims of an often confused, often hurting, often insecure crowd - but in the eternal majesty of a great and good God.
I mean, when you put it that way …
… what can mortal man do to us?
A brave girl quietly whispers … 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 …
SHE IS BRAVE BECAUSE GOD IS WITH HER!
Join us Tuesday, February 5th at 7pm at the Ralston Arena for our next City Girl Event! We believe God has a specific destiny for each woman, but it takes strength and courage to pursue it!
You are a BRAVE GIRL!
This will be a time to encounter the presence of Jesus, grow together, and have fun! We will have vendors, food, merch and a great after party!