SPOTLIGHT - brave
by molly king
This last week at work has been really crappy. I had a project go to complete crap and I had to start over. I had to deal with a company that had terrible customer service (that’s an understatement and having bad customer service is my biggest pet peeve). I had a meeting scheduled at a certain time and half of my coworkers thought it started at the time I did and the other half thought it started half an hour later (because both times were advertised). I’m a person with thick skin but these things all together made me trade in my chipper Lorelei Gilmore attitude for that of Michel Girard saying multiple times, “People are particularly stupid today. I cannot deal with them anymore.”
And then, we had all-staff meeting. I really didn’t want to go but I also couldn’t pass up B-dubs for lunch (I’m highly motivated by food). So I went. At the end of each all-staff meeting, there’s someone in “the hot seat”— we tell this person what we appreciate about them as an individual as well as the things they bring to the team and their job.
And today, I was drawn at random. Great. Not only was I in a particularly bad mood, but I’m seriously the worst person at taking a compliment. It’s the “I don’t know what to do with my hands” feeling but with my entire body.
So I sat there, feeling awkward as my coworkers told me they loved my joyful, loud manner (not wrong) and how they never see me without a smile on my face even when I’m mad. And then, one person said this:
I think it is incredibly brave that you moved here without actually knowing anyone to do a job that you’ve never really done before and to restart your entire life.
Cue my jaw on the ground.
I’ve never really seen myself as “brave”. I’ve never thought of myself as a trailblazer or as someone who is gritty, strong, gutsy, or fearless. But that’s what was being described of me.
I look at the strong people around me— friends who have faced the loss of their spouse, friends who have braved loneliness, friends who have fought to keep their marriages alive. I have friends who have battled depression and anxiety and who have done everything they can to be vulnerable and transparent in those seasons.
Those aren’t me. But I’ve learned that bravery doesn’t fit a mold. To fully be who you are— that is the bravest thing. As Paul reminded Timothy: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7) God calls us to bravery— not only in the big things— but also within the small, everyday things, because God is for us, He goes with us, He will never leave or abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Honestly, I’ve had bravery modeled for me my whole life. As much as I’ve grown up with strong, female protagonists, the women who have raised me are the strongest, fiercest, and bravest people I know. They see needs and they meet them. They support those around them. They love without hesitation. They seek Jesus. I strive to be each of these ladies to some degree.
Watching their bravery has helped me never back down. Their bravery has helped me see the good in the seasons where most people would be hopeless. Their bravery has helped me see that the Lord is always with me. They help me live with a spirit of power, love, and self- discipline.
I don’t always live with that sense of bravery. I’m coming out of a season where I lived in fear more often than I lived in bravery. But thank God that He never leaves us and helps us draw our strength from Him. That is what makes us brave— not our own strength, but His.
When I think of bravery I often think of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Can you imagine an angel telling you that you’re pregnant with the Son of God while you’re engaged to a man and you haven’t slept with him (insert wide-eye emoji here). The angel tells her directly, “Do not be afraid.” In a society where this pregnancy would have brought about so much division from her and her culture— she is told to be brave.
So, I ask you, what brave thing is God calling you to? Bravery is often uncomfortable and is never easy. But, God gives us a spirit of bravery; and we know that He never leaves us. What is He asking you to face? Big or small, there is no need to fear because God is with us.
About the Spotlight Author
By day, Molly is a church communicator, graphics guru, and social media mastermind in training. By night she's a music making, blog posting, Netflix binging, concert junkie who loves St. Louis Cardinals baseball, her family, and all things coffee related.
You can find her blog at https://notsobasicmolly.wixsite.com/notsobasic