Monday, April 18, 2016

Toughen Up

Be bold, be strong.  It is common for people to desire to be bold and strong whether you are a person of faith or not. We tell people to grow a backbone, don't be a wimp, in our best British accents we tell people to have a stiff upper lip, and some more coarse ways of telling people to be bold. Being bold and strong does not seem to come easy for many.  We either cower when we are confronted by a person or a challenge or we go to the other extreme and blow up at the problem or challenge. Neither of which are being bold and strong. Blowing up seems bold and strong but it is really fear masquerading as anger.  We either hide ourselves by being a coward or we push people and challenges away by blowing up with anger.

I think the solution may be in the reason that we should be bold and strong.  Bold and strong are not the end result in themselves. We are bold and strong as people of faith not because we are tough.  Not because we are better, smarter, or more talented than those we come in contact with.  The reason we are bold and strong is because the Lord is with us.  God is with us.  Jesus is with us.

We do not have to be afraid of the person at work with an attitude because we can tell that person off but because God is with us. Jesus is with us.  God is not afraid of that person and God is with us. God knows how to deal with that person, and dare I say God even loves that person.  God can help us to speak truthfully to that person lined with a lot of grace without running away or blowing up.  We can state the way we see things because we know if something bad does happen, well God is still with us and he will see us through.  And that is just an example of first world problems imagine if we lived in an area where our physical lives were actually threatened.  Or maybe you do live in one of those areas.  If so leave me a comment and let me know about a time when you really had to be bold and strong.

So toughen up, God will strengthen us.  So toughen up,  God will protect us.  So toughen up,  God will advice us.  So toughen up,   Go will lead us.  Toughen up.

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