Thursday, December 10, 2009

Be bold

Philippians 1:20

For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ…

Think back over your life, when have you been bold? Just for yourself…nobody else…just you…?

Well, I thought back and the trip to float the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon came to my mind. After all, the definition for bold is to not hesitate or show fear in the face of danger or a rebuff; and danger was definitely a part of this experience! We have made this trip 3 times, the first we went the first part of the river got off and hiked out, the second we hiked in the canyon and got on the boat, and the third we did the whole river at once. You might be wondering why Debbie, we all know this isn't your favorite type of trip…Well, I knew that too, but it was an awesome experience that I wanted to be bold in the face of danger! I experienced things that I would never have dreamed of, the hidden waterfalls, the native dwellings, the beautiful natural pools and the beautiful night sky with so many stars.

Not to mention the hike in and out of the canyon. All of you that know me - well you know I'm no exercise queen not even a princess, but I was so proud the day I hiked out of that canyon. Now I don't think I ever want to do it again, but I did it! I remember sleeping on top of a picnic table 3 miles up at Indian Gardens and looking up at the edge of the canyon and praying Lord please help me out…if you get me out I promise…ever done one of those prayers? Well, I did…but this trip is a treasure in my memories and I was bold!

Why is it so hard to be bold for Christ? After all, we all know what Christ did for each of us…and yet we find it so difficult to go without fear or hesitation in the face of being rebuffed by another. When I read this scripture I kept thinking thank you Lord for not fearing what you did in boldness for all of us. Thank you for not being ashamed, thank you for showing us how to be bold and how to show courage to be bold for you!

Being bold for Christ,


1 comment:

Frankie said...

Debbie, what I am struck by in that verse is that Paul "fully expected" himself to not be ashamed but to be bold for Christ.
Fully expected - what do I fully expect of myself regarding the Good News of Christ?

We have talked about being intentional each day in looking for God and in other ways. Can I be intentional about what I fully expect of myself? Can I be bold for Christ? I'll be pondering on that today.