Heck, some of us will never stand in front of a crowd and have to speak about our beliefs.
However, ALL of us must take a stand about our beliefs, everyday, even if only in our hearts and minds.
Every day we are faced with decisions that are right or wrong.
Some are clear; don’t lie, cheat, or steal.
Some are not so clear; shopping at a store that does not treat it’s employees well, allowing your child to participate in a certain school activity, making up our minds about a group of people.
Sometimes we don’t even realize we are making a choice because we have done something for so long, it has become a habit; gossiping, letting friends talk bad about others, yelling at the kids, judging others.
What about ignoring a certain behavior in others or just choosing not to deal with something? Still a choice!
Whether the choices are made only in our heart or visible to the outside world-they are equally important.
I cannot begin to name all the choices you make in a given day. I’m willing to bet, even you are not aware of every choice you make each day.
My pray for you today-yes, YOU, the one reading this right now-is bravery.
What?!? You say. Bravery? Huh?
Bravery is defined as: possessing or exhibiting courage or courageous endurance
I pray that you may be brave throughout your day. Making the right choice means standing up, standing up takes courage, and if you show courage-you are brave!
Stand up for what you believe, stand up for all the things Jesus Christ has taught us is right! Stand up against a bully, stand up to peer pressure, stand up for your children, stand up for your values!
The world around us is spiraling downward and most behavior has become so common that we are numb to it, or worse-it is accepted because ‘everyone does it’. Jesus asks us to not be part of the world. We cannot follow God and fit into mainstream society. Remember this when you feel seperated from society because you feel different than those around you. Stand up! Be brave!
Every choice you make today, let it be with conviction! Even if it is a choice that is only made in your heart, about how you feel.
Be brave, the right choice is not always the easy choice, but trust me the blessings are endless! Sometimes it takes real bravery to choose what others do not-I know you can do it! You are not alone. God walks beside you!
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil Ephesians 6: 10-11