Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Be Brave!

At times I question if there is a place for my voice in the crowd. I lack the eloquence, knowledge and creativity that so many pastors exhibit. I wonder why would God call me. I'm nothing special, yet, here I am a pastor of a church.

Recently, I spent four days with teenagers and adults from across the Southeast Region of the United States at an annual event I have attended for years. Witnessing the talents of so many young people in one place, at one time is inspiring. The theme for this event was Brave. Honestly, I hadn't been sold on this theme from the start back in September but I just pushed through looking forward to a more creative theme next time. I was wrong, this was the perfect theme.

As I begin to process all that took place in the span of those few days, I find myself drawn to Joshua 1:9 which says "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Doubt debilitates us from being able to see that God, the one who calls us, is with us. We are not alone! He commands, but he also enables us to be strong and courageous. So when we follow, when we take that first step and every step there after even when it is uncertain and scary, when we use our talents great or small, when we simply say yes to God we are Brave and God is there with us.

So today, I choose to be Brave. To be a child of God, neighbor, pastor, coordinator, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, etc.. I may not feel brave. I may not feel as if what I do or say is great worth, but I know that the one who calls is Great and he will be faithful. Through God's strength and courage, I will Be Brave!