We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. — 2 Timothy 1:8–9 MSG
Sharing my faith makes me nervous sometimes. I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s because I’m afraid of offending people who aren’t believers or have a different religion than me. I’m not sure how to bring my faith up in conversation and feel comfortable about it.
When Day 2 of the book, 100 Days to Brave, by Annie F. Downs gave me the task to tell someone how God has been working on my behalf, I figured, go big or go home.
So here I am.
Lately, my focus has been on God working in my heart and recognizing Him being at work in my life. I’ve been so much more observant. While before I would think it was coincidence, now I slowly shake my head realizing God’s hand is at work.
Sometimes I’m not sure of God’s timing or understand it.
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.” — Acts 1:7
I’m trying to do a better job of questioning God less and know He has a reason. He puts me where I am supposed to be at any given moment.
As a result, I’ve also been less reactive and more responsive. When I hear people say things so contrary to facts or have tunnel vision rather than an objective point of view, I’ve been quiet and listening. I have been unusually calm.
And this is new for me. Many times I’ve been the one who has given my opinion without knowing all the facts involved, or I’ve looked at it through the tunnel vision of my own perception.
God is teaching me to take deep breaths, to take a wider view, and to not respond in such a way that would cause me to regret.
Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. Proverbs 14:29
In other words, I’m one who would normally allow my emotions to take over by becoming angry. Instead, I have chosen not to engage and by not engaging, I have still made a choice.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. — Colossians 4:5–6
This is definitely new territory for me, and I feel like I’m learning more about myself as a Christian. I’m trying to be genuine in sharing my faith, humble in my actions, and am choosing my words carefully.
I’m a work in progress. I am flawed.
But I’m trying…to be brave.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.