My son, my 13 year old, was bold and confident. The one who is too cool for school. The one that side hugs me because heaven forbid he actually shows me he can’t live without me. The one who has good looks but has no idea they are on his body. The one who gives one word answers. THIS is the one that stood tall. I received a text from one of his church leaders. A text that literally I printed out and will save to pull out when he ticks me off ha! I was told that he preached! Like in a room full of his buddies, he stood in his faith and spoke out some Jesus loving goodness. I couldn’t decide if I should pass out, question it, or just bawl my eyes. You know that I totally bawled my eyes out.
This challenged me. It made me step back and take a look in the mirror. Am I bold and confident? Not just in my faith but with every piece of me. Then my mind kept going. You know he didn’t sit there and think, what do I look like? Is my house clean before I start speaking? Did I take a shower first? Does my butt look too big? Now, obviously I started plowing through thoughts that would go on in MY head, not his, but quite honestly, are we bold and confident in who we are? Enough so that we are unapologetic when everything isn’t said perfectly or put together to perfection. I went one step further in my thought process. We don’t need to justify everything in our lives. It’s ok to feel whatever about politics even if the other person strongly disagrees. It’s ok to have a faith that is solid or one that’s on shaky ground cause you just aren’t sure. It’s ok that your butt grew over quarantine because well, everyone’s did! 🙂 You see where I am going with this? I want to live boldly even if I didn’t take a shower for 3 days! I may smell but I want my head held high in my stink. We don’t need to justify to anyone if you got a massage today or if you decided to take a nap. We can live boldly and confidently right where we are at. Psalm 138:3, “On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” We were built to be bold! Through Jesus, our boldness just can’t be stopped. He created us all so uniquely and gives us the courage to hang onto that with confidence. Standing fearless in your circumstances is the ultimate act of boldness. You may be frustrated, angry, depressed, lost but stand and own those feelings. They will never take away the truth and strength of Christ Jesus. Because you feel these emotions does not make you weak but instead shows confidence when you grab onto them and not allow them to destroy you. You are still walking through life, THAT is bold.
I want to encourage you today to take a look in that mirror and own it. Every piece of you is the bomb, inside and out. It doesn’t matter what you weigh, what your hair looks like, how you feel, who you are gonna vote for or where your faith is at. You be you and stand in it without hesitation. Now walk away from that mirror before you start questioning your outfit! Hahaha!
“Never fear standing out, being bold, being you, and being phenomenal!”