So now you are thinking…What is imperfectly brave? Yeah, I know. It sounds good but how do I hash this thing out?
Well, let me tell you. It’s going to be messy. It’s going to cut to our core. It is going to break us and drive us to the cross. It is going to set us inside the tomb. And while we are at it – it is going to break some chains.
And I am all for breaking chains.
This thing, this imperfectly brave living thing, is going to make us real brave.
God brave. His brave. The only true brave.
As I sat morning after morning meeting with Jesus, I cut and pasted, dabbled and doodled, imperfectly brave things. I tried so hard to fit it all in a box. I wanted to squeeze it all into a format – a thing I could create – a tangible to hold, all the while He was whispering,
“I am too big for that thing you are creating. Let me BE.”
So I am. I am simply letting the God who made the sun rise this morning, the God who made my babies, and the God who is spinning Earth – I am letting Him be released in Imperfectly Brave.
This pursuit has been hard. It has been lonely sometimes while I sat at my long table while a candle flickered. I have written so many things only to throw them away. I have wrestled and wrestled and wrestled. I have flat out told God NO. The cost is too great. The cost on my family, on my time, on my heart.
But it is time.
After lots of long mornings and late nights, I have been awakened to the fact that imperfectly brave living is going to look different on all of us. And the cost – well – it’s inevitable.
Romans 12:1-2 says, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We have this one precious day to live. To squeeze the love out of someone. To go crazy for someone else’s project. To do one hard thing. To listen. To pray for that one person, fervently pray. To cheerlead for someone else. To be in their corner. To fight for the hard thing – whatever that hard thing might be. To be PURE LIGHT in a PURELY DARK WORLD.
I don’t know what your brave thing is, but can I say something?
You can do it if He is asking you to.
Writing is hard for me. Words don’t flow. My mind flickers and my thoughts race, but God has asked me to. Maybe your thing right now is to make that phone call. Maybe it is to pray for a miracle. Maybe it is to fight like crazy for your marriage because it’s a covenant and that’s real. Maybe it is to give abundantly. Maybe it is to invite your neighbors over to your house. Maybe it is to apologize for losing your temper – because, yeah, I’ve been there and I’ve lost my temper, too.
(Insert nodding here)
You have permission today to take that leap of faith. It is yours for the taking. Throw your body wholly into His and let Him take over. It will be so good. And if you are afraid you won’t do it perfectly – GET OVER IT – you won’t.
You were never made to be perfect, so stop trying so hard. You and I were made to be dependent on the PERFECT ONE. So, let it be. Take the leap. Today is your day – your only day – to be imperfectly brave.
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